Post # 1
Hello fellow Wedding Bees,
So, I’m recently engaged (3 weeks and counting) and we’ve started looking at reception venues. Most typically outline that there’s a 20% to 21% gratuity in addition to the rate we’ll be paying for the venue. What I’m confused about is whether gratuities are required. Anyone know where I should stand on this issue? I don’t want to stiff them of 20% of the bill if that’s what the venue is banking on. But, I’d like to save an extra $2,000 if it isn’t required. Please tell me what you all think or know on this subject.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks ladies, this helped me quite a bit. I’m not too fond of the way they make it sound optional. Why beat around the bush by calling it “gratuities” and instead just cut to the chase by stating that it is a mandatory service charge. I actually found one local venue that included catering, venue rental, open bar, wedding cake, center pieces and gratuities for just $38.5 p/p for a wedding of 110. So far, that seems to be the best price. Thanks for all of your help.
@Naangel55= Thanks for the welcome. I’ve been a lurker for a while, but joined since I thought the ring justified my lurking. haha.