(Closed) If my caterer is a family run business, do I tip them???

posted 12 years ago in Food
Post # 3
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

upwards of almost 45% of the bill? Ouch.

I wouldn’t tip anything extra if they’re charging that much. I imagine they’ve allotted for tips, etc in that high %.

Post # 5
200 posts
Helper bee

I think you should ask them straight out: Is the gratuity included in the service charge? If not, you need to add on 20%. (Servers and staff need to be paid as well as tipped in many states, so the caterer will probably have hourly wages to pay.)


Post # 6
36 posts

Staffing and labour plus rentals would account for about 60%, it likely doesn’t include tip…in any case, just ask.

Post # 8
509 posts
Busy bee

Sounds to me like the staff/labour charge includes delivery, set up, and actual presentation of the food, plus the tear down, clean up etc. so I don’t think 45% of the total bill is reasonable.

The subject header is a little confusing; I was thinking it was that the business in question was run by YOUR family.  The fact that it is run by a group of family members, as opposed to one run by people who are not related to one another, should have no bearing on your decision.

Post # 9
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

That is probably an hourly rate for the work done as other have said.

The tip would go directly to the servers, not the caterers like you would in a restaurant who are likely not members of the family or if they are its not the owners, but relations. 

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