Post # 1
My wedding is on Saturday! Yay!
We just got the final invoice from our caterer and UP pops something we never considered: GRATUITY! Here is how it was worded:
“Please mail the remaining amount at your earliest convenience, plus any gratuity you may wish to add for your service staff (at your discretion). You will have a minimum of 3 servers and 3 chefs.”
Some background: We are having food stations (more like a spread out buffet) NOT a seated dinner. Labor and Chef labor has already been included in our invoice.
Post # 3
How much should we give them?
Post # 4
Was the gratuity or “service fee” not included in your contract? If so, you’ve already paid it automatically.
If not, just for information purposes, my venue charges 18%, but if it was up to me, I’d probably go for the standard 15% you’d pay for regular service at a restaurant unless the service was spectacular
Post # 5
There was no service fee included, we thought there was…:)
I would love to base it on their service, but they are asking for it in the final payment at “our earliest convenience” which I am thinking means they expect us to mail it tomorrow…so, we’ll be tipping without witnessing the service!
Post # 6
I am giving 18% luckily it is included in my bill LOL
Post # 7
My instinct is to write the caterers a note to tell them you will be tipping at the event. If it wasn’t in the contract, you don’t have to tip ahead of time.
At the end of the wedding, I would give the tip directly to the chefs etc. in cash–that way the people who actually worked get the tips, rather than the catering company getting the tips and giving who knows how much, or how little, to the workers.
Post # 8
We had 18% gratuity automatically added on to our bill for the venue/food service. I’m surprised they’re leaving it up to your discretion (on their end it’s kind of risky!) I think 15-20% is probably the most appropriate.