(Closed) Abigail Kirsch venue – tipping?

posted 5 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@bluberri123:  I’m trying to figure out the same thing myself!

 

We’re getting married in Manhattan, and our venue/catering is charging a 22% service charge.  Our contract says very clearly that the service charge is NOT a gratuity, however the wait staff wage is NOT tipped based, so it is not necessary to tip them.  

 

Our venue manager says about half of brides do tip the Maitre D / Manager tip at our venue, and the range tends to be 3 – 5% of the catering bill.  For us, that works out to $10 – $20 per guest, depending if it’s pre or post tax & service free.  

 

I looked at the Lighthouse when I was venue hunting – that’s Abigail Kirsch, right?  If I remember correctly they had a $1000 – $3000 suggested tip?  But I could be totally off base there.  (But it does sort of line up with the 3 – 5% my venue suggested. Damn, NYC is SO EXPENSIVE!)

 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@bluberri123:  I have the same question.  Did you ever figure anything out?  3-5% is a HUGE amount!  

Post # 5
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Newbee

We had our reception at The Lighthouse this past February and we were told by the Abigail Kirsch sales manager that it is customary to tip the Banquet Manager 3-5% of the Food + Beverage cost.  In the end, I gladly tipped him that amount because he saved the day and definitely deserved it!!!

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@oooappleooo:  Thanks!  Did you do it in cash the night of?  Or did you do a check?  

Post # 7
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Newbee

Definitely cash.

Yes – I had the maid of honor hand out envelopes with cash tips on the night of.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@oooappleooo:  Thanks so much.  This is extremely helpful!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@oooappleooo:  You were SO right!  Our event coordinator was worth every penny and we also gladly tipped her the 5% 🙂  She ROCKED IT and our wedding was amazing!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Thanks Bees, im using AK too! – so you tipped anywhere from 3-5% of the total cost? wow that is in the thousands!! eeeeek i was thinking $100 maitre’d tip would be sufficient ugh

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