Venue Service Charge = Tip?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would call the venue and ask if the 20% is a tip that goes to the staff.  I worked at a venue where the “service fee” went straight in the owners pocket.  There was no way she would ever pass that money onto the employees working the event.  However I think there was a thread on here a while ago about this, and some bees have found venues where the service fee was given to the staff as a tip.  Since it seems to vary so much, a quick phone call or email is really the only way to find out for sure.

Post # 3
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2421 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Ours includes a 15% fee (another venue quoted us 18%) but its listed as a gratuity.  There is no tipping on top of it unless we feel they went above and beyond.  And the fee is taxable.  I wouldn’t tip above it, I would question where it goes though.

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