Post # 1
I’m trying to finalize my budget and realized that I do not have a clue about tipping my vendors. My venue contract stated that the 18% gratuity will go directly to admin fees and not the waitstaff, bartenders or the coordinator at the location. This being said who gets a tip, who doesn’t and what percentage (or amount) should they get tipped? Thanks!
Post # 3
Commenting to follow..because I am curious too!
Post # 4
@85kym13: WHAT. There is NO WAY. I would call the coordinator/owner/whatever, and check with him/her on the wording. 18% gratuity for admin work is INSANE!
It MUST be for everyone!
Post # 5
@BrandNewBride: I checked my contract one more time to be certain and I was wrong on the wording. They do not call it “gratuity” but a service charge. Here is the exact wording:
Your final bill will reflect a 6% Sales Tax Charge and an 18% Service Charge. The Service Charge is NOT a tip and has been set in place to help cover administrative fees – the costs of doing business. (This Service Charge is NOT taxed.) Gratuity is optional.
Post # 6
wow. we were charged about 18% in gratuities to the wait staff but we expected that and it was listed in the agreement. We did not tip any of our vendors on top of what we already paid them. As I understand it, you don’t have to tip vendors if it’s their own business, and at the top of my head, I think all of the vendors we used and who helped us on that day owned their own business. It’s all based on preference though. If you feel exceptionally happy about the service you received, I’d say tip all you want. A family friend on the other hand, had cash withdrawn from the ATM on the day of her wedding to prep for tipping vendors. All about personal preference imo.
Post # 7
@85kym13: I think a lot of contracts are like this…but they don’t always spell it out so clearly!
My plan at this point is to give $20 to each of the servers (we’re probably going to do a buffet) and $50 to the cook (or the person managing the waitstaff), unless the cook is the owner, and then you’re not supposed to have to tip them, because they are already profiting from your business.
Post # 8
@85kym13: Your venue is filled with highway thieves! Ugh!
Then I agree–I would $20/servers and $50/cooks. That SUCKS!
Post # 9
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Everything was included in our contracts. The only vendor we tipped extra was hair & makeup.