"Site Fee" being charged gratuity and tax?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

irishtiger:  yea i steered clear of any places that included a site fee. So i am not entirely sure what its for. I dont see the point of it as i am already paying per person and tax and gratuity on top of that. I would see if there is anything they can do to waive that fee. 

Post # 3
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Brussels, Belgium

That’s nonsense to especially to put gratuity on a fee. Can you find a different venue? Being from Hawaii I know there are plenty on venues, but maybe not for your date. 

Also side notes, a lot of the events I went to or were involved in there actually had stricter rules than those in any state I’ve lived in since. But, it is a place with a culture unlike anywhere else in the country. 

There are a number of bees who got married in Hawaii so maybe they have some insight.

Post # 4
117 posts
Blushing bee

I’m getting married in Las Vegas and have a “site fee” for my restaurant reception. It’s basically the cost to “rent” the area. But for the restaurant, they are separating off an area they can typically seat walk in guests in plus extra for a cake table and such so it’s a way to make more money since they won’t be turning tables and bringing in more money. Ours is taxed but we aren’t adding gratuity on it. 

Post # 5
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

irishtiger:  A lot of places don’t consider gratuity a tip, but classify it as a service charge.  So while they may use some of it to pay waitstaff, they are considering your gratuity(service charge) as covering things like the wear and tear and possible damage/breakage to their facilties and supplies.  So technically they can include gratuity on your site fee, table cloth rentals, etc.  It all comes down to money.  The venue I worked at had awesome deals on food and beverage/person.  But we charged a site fee, and charged gratuity on the site fee.  Which realistically was just a way to make back the money we lost by having lower food and beverage prices.  It lured a lot of brides in because we seemed cheaper then the competition at first glance.  I never thought it was a great way to run a business, but it was technically legal.  (And we actually had two brides who assumed the site fee wouldn’t be charged gratiuty, that pursued the site fee/gratuity issue with a lawyer but couldn’t make anything stick because “technically” it was a service charge)

Post # 6
1043 posts
Bumble bee

This might not be helpful but we found that our venue was trying to tax on a service and they did this by bundling it all in one bill (rentals, venue, food, drink, **massages)–we caught the error and asked them to bill out the service separately.  This corrected the tax error. 

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