(Closed) Michigan state catering service charge?

posted 9 years ago in Detroit
Post # 3
3331 posts
Sugar bee

Could be for gratuity?  I know our caterers (Michigan Union) included gratuity in their estimate/final charges and I think that it may have been for 18%.  I would call/email the vendors specifically and ask.

Post # 4
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m pretty sure that’s a gratuity.  18-20% is fairly standard for large parties.  I don’t recall seeing any other state-mandated "service charge" on my estimate…though now I guess I should double check.

Post # 5
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I got married in detroit in may…

the service charge is different than the gratuity. the service charge is for the staff + use of their serving equipment, plates, etc. It varied from 18-20% in my quotes and every single catering quote had it. AND, it’s taxable. So, the bill = (your total for food + 18%)+6%

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