Post # 1
- Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club
Just trying to get some opinions on this; it seems unusual (maybe even tacky?) to me. I have just been informed by our limo service coordinator that the driver is due a MANDATORY $75 tip before services are rendered. In other words, I have to pay this person $75 (on top of the contract cost we already incurred) on the day of the wedding… maybe it’s my service industry past, but I have two issues with this:
1) A true tip is never mandatory. Requiring this means it is a fee, not a gratuity in my mind.
2) What if he doesn’t deserve the tip afterall? I’d happily tip a helpful, prompt driver (even more than the demanded $75, if warranted) but I feel like this guaranteed $75 leaves little room for the driver to really try!
Due to our venue’s contract requirements, we have to use this provider. They’ve been helpful and courteous otherwise, but I just feel a little offput by this. Any opinions?
Post # 2
wvlefty: Well it seems like this is your only limo option, so while it may be off putting (I agree that tips shouldn’t be mandatory), I don’t think you have much of a choice. The name “tip” is misleading though, seems more like a service charge/fee.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It’s a service charge not a tip. But since you’re stuck with them I would report them to the BBB and/or IRS after the wedding. A mandatory service charge is not a tip and there are major tax implications for them if they decide to go that route.
Post # 4
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
wvlefty: I don’t think it should be mandatory either, but I have seen it. I planned our wedding with an all inclusive place and the contract said the officiant is included, however I have to tip him. I have no problem with tipping him, however, I do not think that it should say couples have to tip the officiant. Especially when, with places like this the oficiant is the person who owns the place so they are getting paid with my $2500.
Post # 5
When I was looking into limo services, I seen the same exact thing. It was always called a “mandatory tip”, too.
Post # 6
Yeah. I have mixed feelings about this. I, honestly, wish that tips weren’t a thing. I wish everyone was paid enough that tips weren’t necessary or expected. It’s so weird to me which jobs get tips and which don’t. And people from the US tip more professions and greater amounts than almost any other country. It’s rampant here.
All that being said, I would look at this as a service charge. Tons of vendors do this. Our caterer did. I kind of like it because then I can view that as the standard gratuity and only feel the need for an additional tip if the service is truly above and beyond. But I get that it’s annoying for a tip or gratuity to be mandatory. But it happens all the time, and not just in the wedding industry – many restaurants do this for large parties.
Post # 7
wvlefty: i can understand your frustration & agree 100% with you, but i guess you’ll just have to pay it…
Post # 8
My daughters didn’t hire limo’s, for their weddings. They aren’t a required expense. Back in my day, my uncle drove us, in my father’s car. There were 2 bridesmaids/ushers in each other car, with family or friends driving them. i.e. the gal’s father, another uncle, etc.
Post # 9
We found so many things like this while looking to renew our vows in Vegas that we finally decided not to do it! They wanted us to “tip” the officiant, photographer, and limo driver on top of the sky high price for the whole nine yards. Its OK, we are already married!
Post # 10
Do you have a contract? Tell them no, see if they back down. Tell coordinator that you will have friends do driving.
Post # 11
I would ask the venue to clarify what this is. A tip is never mandatory so I think even if you still end up paying this you should suggest that they change the wording to ‘mandatory service charge’ or something similar as calling it a ‘tip’ it is likely to cause confusion (and offence!)
Post # 12
- Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club
Thanks for all of your help ladies! FI and I decided it will be worth it to have someone to drive since we don’t know the area and our relatives are far-flung. The venting felt good!
beachbride1216: Very interesting idea…
JenGirl: I’m with you- sometimes it’s super confusing to know who I’m tipping when… and if I’m insulting them when I don’t!
Post # 13
Yeah I definitely dislike when they tip is included in the cost…shouldn’t it be based on whether I was actually happy with the service?! We didn’t tip our limo driver or our bartenders because the tip was already included, so why give them an extra tip on top of that when I didn’t even decide to give them the first one?!