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

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Do I need to tip as well (in this scenario)?



  • Post # 33
    5789 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Ours had it clearly spelled out in the contract, so we knew they were seperate and not interchangeable.




    We didn’t allow tip cups on the bars and told them we’d take care of the bartenders at the end. The caterer provided one server for every 2 tables, and they were constantly swoooping in and clearing things, bringing refills,etc., so did much more than a standard waitress or waiter at a normal restaurant. They were also there for hours before the wedding began, setting up and being generally helpful, and did the same after it ended.




    My brother was a hotel restaurant manager for years and agreed that we should tip individually at the end if they were good at their jobs. They were,so we did.




    We also tipped the chefs, DJ, photographer and driver, maitre’d and venue coordinator,plus the MUA and hairdresser. It all adds up by the end of the day!

    If there is no gratuity on your contract, they may just be assuming you know it isn’t included.



    Post # 35
    8434 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

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    @MrsBeck:  Our venue coordinator broke down all of the extra fees (service, state tax, city tax, gratuity, etc).  I specifically asked because 23% seemed a bit high and I didn’t want to have to pay a tip in addition to that.

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