(Closed) Gratuity! Help.

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Are they putting up the decor or are you because it makes sense that you would tip for their time putting up the decor but if you are doing it yourself then I would not tip on the decorations.

Post # 5
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4824 posts
Honey bee

So the decorator is putting up the stuff the caterer is bringing?

I dont think you need to tip the decorator. If the caterer is not doing anything besides bringing the stuff, I would talk to him about changing the tip amt to only the food portion of the bill. If he is assembling/putting up stuff I still dont think you should be tipping, but not sure how you could get him to change it. Its a gray area since he is the caterer and his ppl make money based on tips mostly, not hourly wages.

Post # 6
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2157 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would definitely bring this up with him.  A gratuity is supposed to be for their service.  If he is just bringing the decor and not putting it up, then there is no way he deserves 15% extra on that stuff.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh heck no! The venue we are using includes tables and linens but if you want more extravegant linens then you have to pay for them. They don’t charge a gratuity for that though, only tax. The gratuity is supposed to be for the food and drinks, because they will be serving it, you know like you would tip a server at a restuarant. It definitely seems like he is a little too eager to be adding extra charges!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Is there specific wording in your contract as to what the 15% applies to?  My venue (who is also the caterer) is the same way, and is even charging 15% on the room rental, and then charging tax on top of the ‘service charge’.  When I questionsed them, she pointed me to the fine print stating that it applied to all services and ‘billable items’ 🙁

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would just remind him that I am not interested in the chocolate fountain and would like to get an updated copy of the bill as well as a clarification/definition of what the gratuity charge is applied to.  I think that’s the nicest way to go about it.

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