(Closed) Should we have tipped?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Um, they charged you to taste the food? REALLY!? Every caterer I have talked to (whether in house at the venue or outside catering) not only does free tastings, but also for one set of parents (or bride’s mom and groom’s mom, etc). No, I would say you didn’t need to leave a tip (especially since they wanted you to pay for your tastings). Most definitely, not.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Like Bella Luna, I’m surprised they made you guys pay for your tasting.  I always assumed that it was covered under the final bill or part of the package!  So because you paid for basically an expensive dinner I would say no tipping was necessary especially since they said “no gratuities”

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are getting a free tasting as well so I am also on the NO side!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

Another ‘no’!  You guys are fine.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I didn’t tip at my tasting.  If you had to pay for it, on top of all you’ll pay them for the wedding food, I don’t think they deserve a tip!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re paying $20 each for a tasting with 1 caterer, but if you book them for your wedding, the cost of the tasting goes towards the overall catering cost, they keep it if you don’t book them. many caterers around here (Milwaukee, WI) seem to charge something for taste testings, so I’m not werided out by this. Also, I wouldn’t tip, especially if they make a point of no tipping with their catering packages.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Is the $100 applied towards your final catering bill?? *edit* I just saw you said it was a seperate bill.

I definitely wouldn’t have tipped!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Okay, glad I am not the only one who thought it was uber-strange that you had to pay for your tasting. Do they want your business or not? I have never heard of that before and find it weird. So tipping on top of paying… NO! You are fine.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Actually, I’ve heard of a lot of caterers charging for a tasting, but that’s only if you haven’t actually signed a contract with them. Once you do sign a contract they usually apply your tasting fee to the final bill.

I’m really surprised that they charged you $100 on top of the cost of the reception.

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