Post # 1
I’ve read numerous tipping posts in search of my answer to this question. I’ve read that you have to tip the caterer upwards of 20%. But I’m wondering about what I should tip for my circumstances. I ‘ve read posts about tipping people when they are not the owners of the business. But the people I contracted with are. I looked over my contract and they do charge a staff/labor charge that is upwards of almost 45% of our bill. The bigger quetion should be how do I negotiate this price down, but my question for this purpose is do I still need to tip? I feel like I don’t since the labor charge is sooooo much…any help would be appreciated!
Post # 3
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 # 4
yeah…I didn’t realize it was so much until I calculated it for this post. But I guess I didn’t realize it was so much because our overall catering bill was so low that it didn’t really bother me. But now that I see it’s that much I really don’t want to give them anything extra.
Post # 5
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
Staffing and labour plus rentals would account for about 60%, it likely doesn’t include tip…in any case, just ask.
Post # 7
thanks for the input bees! i’ll definitely ask for more clarification…
Post # 8
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
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.