Post # 1
My venue has a line in the contract for a 10% gratuity. That’s well below industry standard (15-20%). Granted, it’s a total on the entire services (not just the food) so maybe it all works out and I should just do the 10%.
Post # 3
LOL, how generous are you feeling? Ours was 21% on everything so not a chance in hell I was paying a penny more!
Post # 4
I think if your services include linens and china rental you’re definitly hitting the 15% on food. What are they charging for servers? I think if it’s included you don’t need to give more unless you think they do an outstanding job and want to thank them accordingly.
Post # 5
Ours charges a 20% add on fee to the food/drinks, so hell no.
They can figure out how to fairly distribute that among themselves.
Post # 6
Ditto!!! My venue charges a 20% “service charge” on everything and tax the 20% too! So no way am I leaving an additional gratuity
Post # 7
It’s interesting because the line reads: at client’s discretion and then estimates 10% and adds that line into the total).
They are doing 10% of the:
-hospitality fee (a per person fee that includes ilnens, table settings, etc.)
-Cake cutting fee
-Bar service (both bar serveware and extras (ice, napkins, etc)
-Bartender hourly rates
…..if I just did the food parts (appetizers, mains and cake) – it comes out to only 13% of that cost.
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t WANT to pay more 😉 but I don’t want to stiff the servers, either.
Post # 8
Please make sure that you clarify whether or not the servers get any of that money. If not, you may want to set aside a little extra for them, particulary if there is one “assigned” to you for the evening. I plan on bringing some cash with me and asking the servers if they get the money. If not, I will tip them. And immediately call the local news. If they do actually get gratuities, then I won’t worry about it.