Post # 1
Hi Bees! I am at the beginning stages of planning and I am shocked by the required 20% gratuity on all of my catering quotes. So please tell me, is this standard?
As a side note, I am not cheap at all and I was a server for years – so I am an excellent tipper… just upset that they are charging mileage/gas fees and gratuity on top of everything else.
Post # 3
Come on, bees! I need you guys on this!
Post # 4
My caterer applied those same fees. Basically to me that just means I won’t tip them anymore additional.
Post # 5
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 # 6
@MrsPinkPeony:thanks for the insight. My favorite one also only allows for three hours before I have to pay $45 an hour per server… I am having an hour long cocktail reception and then a buffet dinner… of course I will go over! It just seems like a lot of fees to me.
Post # 7
It’s standard. The caterer we decided to go with added 18%.
Post # 8
Yup..standard…..ours was the 8.875 tax and 23% gratuity..in NY…
Post # 9
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
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
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.