Mandatory Tip?!

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

wvlefty:  Well it seems like this is your only limo option, so while it may be off putting (I agree that tips shouldn’t be mandatory), I don’t think you have much of a choice.  The name “tip” is misleading though, seems more like a service charge/fee.

Post # 3
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

It’s a service charge not a tip.  But since you’re stuck with them I would report them to the BBB and/or IRS after the wedding.  A mandatory service charge is not a tip and there are major tax implications for them if they decide to go that route.

Post # 4
1737 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

wvlefty:  I don’t think it should be mandatory either, but I have seen it. I planned our wedding with an all inclusive place and the contract said the officiant is included, however I have to tip him. I have no problem with tipping him, however, I do not think that it should say couples have to tip the officiant. Especially when, with places like this the oficiant is the person who owns the place so they are getting paid with my $2500.

Post # 5
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

When I was looking into limo services, I seen the same exact thing. It was always called a “mandatory tip”, too.

Post # 6
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah. I have mixed feelings about this. I, honestly, wish that tips weren’t a thing. I wish everyone was paid enough that tips weren’t necessary or expected. It’s so weird to me which jobs get tips and which don’t. And people from the US tip more professions and greater amounts than almost any other country. It’s rampant here.

All that being said, I would look at this as a service charge. Tons of vendors do this. Our caterer did. I kind of like it because then I can view that as the standard gratuity and only feel the need for an additional tip if the service is truly above and beyond. But I get that it’s annoying for a tip or gratuity to be mandatory. But it happens all the time, and not just in the wedding industry – many restaurants do this for large parties. 

Post # 7
715 posts
Busy bee

wvlefty:   i can understand your frustration & agree 100% with you, but i guess you’ll just have to pay it…

Post # 8
3649 posts
Sugar bee

My daughters didn’t hire limo’s, for their weddings. They aren’t a required expense. Back in my day, my uncle drove us, in my father’s car. There were 2 bridesmaids/ushers in each other car, with family or friends driving them. i.e. the gal’s father, another uncle, etc.

Post # 9
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We found so many things like this while looking to renew our vows in Vegas that we finally decided not to do it! They wanted us to “tip” the officiant, photographer, and limo driver on top of the sky high price for the whole nine yards. Its OK, we are already married!

Post # 10
1530 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Do you have a contract?  Tell them no, see if they back down.   Tell coordinator that you will have friends do driving. 

Post # 11
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I would ask the venue to clarify what this is. A tip is never mandatory so I think even if you still end up paying this you should suggest that they change the wording to ‘mandatory service charge’ or something similar as calling it a ‘tip’ it is likely to cause confusion (and offence!) 

Post # 13
1608 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yeah I definitely dislike when they tip is included in the cost…shouldn’t it be based on whether I was actually happy with the service?! We didn’t tip our limo driver or our bartenders because the tip was already included, so why give them an extra tip on top of that when I didn’t even decide to give them the first one?!

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