(Closed) How much gratuity to pay my servers and chefs

posted 11 years ago in Money
  • poll: Gratuity for 3 servers and chefs at cocktail style reception (not sit down)
    0-10% of food bill : (0 votes)
    10-15% of food bill : (1 votes)
    25 %
    15-20% of food bill : (3 votes)
    75 %
  • Post # 4
    5592 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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 # 6
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I am giving 18% luckily it is included in my bill LOL

    Post # 7
    22 posts
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    1148 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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.

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