Post # 1
Going over catering quotes and all the misc. fees really add up! I’m a bit confused by all the extras here. The caterer wants 21% as a service charge, 7% Florida Tax. I am also paying $25 per hour (4 Hour minimum) per server, I will need about 9 or 10 now do I have to tip on top of this? At 21% I wasn’t planning on tipping AT ALL! With Taxes thats close to 30% of an already expensive bill. How did you ladies handle service charges and tipping?
Post # 2
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
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 # 4
Okay I’m glad you think those prices are a bit ridic too! The prices are pretty standard for what we’re getting but no other caterer required those fees!
Post # 5
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
My caterer also charges a service charge, and I just confirmed that it was the tip.
Post # 7
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
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
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.