(Closed) Catering Gratuity?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 4
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My caterer applied those same fees. Basically to me that just means I won’t tip them anymore additional.

Post # 5
2681 posts
Sugar bee

Yes, it is standard to have an 18-21% service charge added to catering bills.  Depending on the company, it is usually distributed amoungst the staff as payment for working.  You are not required to tip an additional amount on top of that.  The service charge usually covers the cost of labor and other things associated with the event.

Post # 7
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It’s standard. The caterer we decided to go with added 18%.

Post # 8
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yup..standard…..ours was the 8.875 tax and 23% gratuity..in NY…

Post # 9
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I believe that’s standard.  Our caterer didn’t charge the fees outright, but they made sure we knew that there was no gratuity added, so after some research (ie, asking our DOC what was standard) we paid all the servers $50 each in gratuity. 

But if they go ahead and charge it ahead of time, you’re under no obligation to tip them more, unless you just want to. 

Post # 10
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re planning our wedding in the Baltimore area, and the caterers all quoted either a 19% or 20% service charge, along with the 6% sales tax. 

Post # 11
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

The caterer we are considering is charging a 20% gratuity, so we will not be giving anything extra, except a thank you card and a reveiw.

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