Service charge/tip clarification

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
30284 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@sunflower22:  Yes i believe you are correct. Service and tip are two separate entities.  It’s a lot, I know!

Post # 4
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sunflower22:  Yep. Service charge is like insurance, covers the time of the event coordinator, it is not a gratuity. For gratuity I ended up doing a fixed amount per chef, waiter, bartender, instead of 20% of the food and wine, which would have been quite excessive. 

Post # 5
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@sunflower22:  No! If you’re talking about catering, the “service charge” is the gratuity. It’s the same as going to a restaurant with 6 or more people and them tacking on 18% to your bill. This is coming from my wedding planner, not me. The only people from the venue I tipped were the two bartenders, about $50 each. 

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