(Closed) Should I tip the maitre d?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 5
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

In what context? What will the maitre d be doing for you?

Post # 6
13251 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yeah, I need more detail… at a wedding? Rehersal dinner? Night out to dinner? 

Post # 7
1736 posts
Bumble bee

Here is an article that I found very helpful when it comes to tipping etiquette:


According to that article, it suggests:

Wedding Reception Staff

This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maitre d’, and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.
Protocol: Expected
The $tandard: 15 – 20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200 – $300 for the maitre d’.
When to Tip: If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maitre d’ at the end of the reception since you will need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Post # 8
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m in NYC…. it’s typical to tip $200 to the Maitre’D on the night of the wedding, so that is what we are going to do.

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