(Closed) Service charge doesn’t equal tip??? GAH

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 2
3211 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Omg, that seems like gouging… But how does the base price add up compared to a similar meal from another caterer? That is usually a good indicator. If the base prices are hella cheap but there are all these add on fees, that is an indication they are trying to make themselves look cheaper by making you do the math they need to use to get their products made.

Post # 3
11515 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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KellyKapowski:  the service charge for our caterer was a tip – we didn’t tip on top of it (I confirmed this with the caterer beforehand – the service charge was the tip to the waitstaff – like the mandatory gratuity for parties of 8 or more that you see in restaurants)

Post # 5
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Yeah I confirmed with our caterer a that the service charge WAS the tip. If yours isn’t, do you know what the service charge is intended to cover?

Post # 6
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My caterer also charges a service charge, and I just confirmed that it was the tip.

Post # 7
1569 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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KellyKapowski:  This is very standard, I haven’t yet seen a caterer that didn’t require an 18-25% service charge. The crummy part for us is that our venue is our caterer and we have to pay the service charge on both the food and the venue rental!

Post # 8
2847 posts
Sugar bee

Just an FYI, many times the servers do not see a penny of the “service charge” you’re referring to.  Either that, or they see a VASTLY REDUCED percentage of the service charge.  Instead, the company or venue takes their cut out of that percentage as a way to increase their profits off your business. 

Please note that often a server’s “base pay” is around $5 an hour, and the rest of their income is dependent solely upon tips.  Also, any money you don’t give directly TO the servers, often does not end up going to the servers themselves.

Servers can make or break your event.  If you have shitty servers, don’t tip them.  But if you have awesome servers that bust their ass to make sure your wedding or event goes off smoothly, do the decent thing and TIP THEM.

Post # 9
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

It’s that way at my venue as well. There is a 21% service fee on both he venue rental fees and catering. This is not considered tips.

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