(Closed) So a service charge is NOT a tip?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Do I need to tip as well (in this scenario)?
    Yes : (12 votes)
    19 %
    No : (51 votes)
    81 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    service charge = tip.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We have a separate line item on a separate quote (from the food) that is for the service and it’s not considered gratuity (and it states this in the fine print).

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @lilbluebird:  this is so confusing! So they add on 20% & then you’re supposed to add another 20% on top of that?

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    In my experience (worked as a server/event manager for a caterer for 4 summers, 50+ weddings per season), the service charge is the “tip” as far as the client is concerned, but does not go to the staff. The catering company usually keeps it for themselves. I was tipped exactly ONCE by a client, as a server. However, we were paid hourly well above what servers in restaurants are offered, so it didn’t matter. It was still a fun and lucrative summer job.

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    If they’re a provider of services, wtf is the additional service charge for? Aren’t you paying them to provide a service to begin with?

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    A portion of it is tip. Typically the venue keeps 2-5% to pay a commission to the person who booked the wedding/party; the rest goes to the wait staff. 

    Post # 12
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m pretty sure it’s not a tip…

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    It varies. For SOME venues service charge does refer to the tip (and they’ll be happy to tell you if it does.) For others service charge is the cost for paying the servers/chefs hired to make and serve your food.

    Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @MrsBeck:  I’d say if you want the wait staff to receive the tip, make sure and put it directly and discreetly into their hands. I don’t think I could write a check to a caterer and trust any of it to be “tipped” to the wait staff without a substantial portion being shaved off the top.

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