Post # 1
I am 100% sure this question has been asked, but when I researched it I did not find the exact question, so sorry if it’s been asked 100 times already.
I have seen that if a service charge is included, that is the “gratuity” for the venue/Maitre ‘D/staff. However, our venue has a 20% service charge and we specifically asked if that covered gratuity and we were told that it does not. That it simply covered the cost of the staff being there for our wedding.
So the question is, do we tip the wait staff and coordinator of the venue above that amount? It seems pretty high already ($20 a person at our wedding= over $2,000).
Did anyone else have to deal with this?
Post # 3
The service charge and gratuity are included in my catering contract, but it lists both individually. I don’t remember the percentages off the top of my head but it added around $1500 to our overall bill if I am remembering correctly. So basically what I was trying to say is that I think you would still need to add gratuity.
Post # 4
My venue charges a 21% gratuity and I’m not planning on tipping my waitstaff any additional $. Isn’t it just like being charged 18% at a restaurant automatically for large parties? You can tip more for excellent service but it is not required.
Post # 5
@LGenz: That is what I THOUGHT it was, but then he said it did not include gratuity. Maybe it includes tips for the servers but not the event coordinator the place has… I think that might make sense.
Post # 6
I agree this always confounds me. If it doesn’t go to staff, then what the hell does it go to?
Post # 7
@heather25: LOL exactly!
After reading about 5 sites worth of stuff… I think the wait staff is getting paid a rate much higher than normal and they do not expect you to tip them more, but if you do they appreciate it. They really need to lay these things out better! I would feel bad if a server worked for 5 hours and only made $60, but if they work for 5 hours and are making $200, I don’t feel bad!