Post # 1
Most of the venues we’re looking at charge a 20-22% “service charge” in addition to the rental fee. Many of them specify that the service charge does not include gratuity. Does this mean that we tip an additional 20% on top of the extra 20ish% service charge?
Post # 3
@sunflower22: Yes i believe you are correct. Service and tip are two separate entities. It’s a lot, I know!
Post # 4
@sunflower22: Yep. Service charge is like insurance, covers the time of the event coordinator, it is not a gratuity. For gratuity I ended up doing a fixed amount per chef, waiter, bartender, instead of 20% of the food and wine, which would have been quite excessive.
Post # 5
@sunflower22: No! If you’re talking about catering, the “service charge” is the gratuity. It’s the same as going to a restaurant with 6 or more people and them tacking on 18% to your bill. This is coming from my wedding planner, not me. The only people from the venue I tipped were the two bartenders, about $50 each.