(Closed) Reception Gratuities…

posted 11 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Most of the time the contract will stipulate whether or not it is required. For example my caterer has an 18% gratuity for the staff that will be billed. (That’s almost how it’s worded) but you kind of see the idea that it is a nessecary payment. If you’re not sure, ask your venue- they should explain any contracted fees to you. If not they should tell you it is optional.

Post # 4
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

the contract will put the gratuity into it along with any state tax. If you didn’t include that, they wouldn’t get a gratuity….most venues don’t negotiate gratuities as the service staff’s pay is based on those gratuities and very little else.


Post # 5
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We have a 20% gratuity built in to our contract for food and drink at our venue — but not for the other venue charges.

Post # 6
2680 posts
Sugar bee

Most of the gratuities are actually “service charges” that are required to be paid.  It goes toward the paying of labor, food, staffing, etc.  It should just be a service charge on food and drink and any rentals you may have.  Keep in mind depending on your state that the service charge is also taxable so when you are adding things up it would be the subtotal + service charge and then tax on top of the subtotal+service.  Because there is a mandatory service charge, you should not be required to tip the staff on top of that.  Any additional gratutity would be at your own will.

Welcome to Weddingbee by the way 🙂

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