(Closed) Staffing fee of $25/hour?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Is there a venue fee?  That typically covers staff.  If there is a venue fee and they are charging a staffing fee I would be looking at another venue.

Post # 4
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

yeah for my venue food and drink prices were only for food and drink, and staff were included in the additional venue rental fee

it varies from venue to venue, but its not that uncommon 

Post # 5
2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@lestat:  Our vendor charged a “service fee” of 20 percent on top of everything and 8% tax.

However, tipping was not required as they told us the “service fee” was there to pay their employees a fair wage.

I don’t really like the practice of “service fees” and “staffing fees”. I feel like the price charged should reflect paying employees a “fair” wage, the venue’s profit, and the product cost included.

I think a “staffing fee” in addition to a “service fee” is excessive. However, if they are working for you for 8.5 hours, this is longer than most wedding and receptions. Is the 8.5 hours for your reception or for the wedding and reception?

Post # 6
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m not sure what kind of place you are getting married at, but I got married at a museum.  I paid a rental fee for the venue, plus a separate charge to the caterer for the meals.  Then I paid a staffing charge to the venue for their staff ($1500) and another one to the caterer for the waiters/bartenders.

Post # 8
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had a blank canvas-type venue so we had to bring everything in.

Our catering company charged for service personnel, including the event captain, service personnel, on-site chefs and a full service bartender. The cost varied from $210-245 for the evening. The service personnel also helped with setting up our venue (tables, chairs, linens).

Our food was separate (and taxable). The meal costs are just that – appetizers, entrees, etc. The service fee is your cost for the staff that you are hiring, much like any rentals you would need. You don’t need to add gratuity; it’s common practice but it’s not like you are required to do so.

Post # 9
2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@lestat:  That seems unreasonable to me. If it was charges for staff that was dedicated to you and your guests for 8.5 hours, that might make sense. But charging service charges and hourly wages together, seems like a double charge. I’d check out other venues in the area and see if they charge these “fees”, as well.

Post # 10
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

that sounds crazy to me… ive actually never seen it either.  what are you paying 80 per person for? bc its not for anyone to make it or serve it.  i wouldnt pay 80 a person for ingredients for food…….

Post # 11
7272 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lestat:  Wow that doesn’t seem normal. We do not have a rental fee. We are paying per person for food and the bar and had to meet a minimum. If we didn’t meet the minimum they would make us pay that amount anyways and call the extra money the rental fee. 

$25/server +18% gratuity? That seems rather excessive. I highly doubt that they actually pay these employees that much for their work. I think this is their way of collecting a rental fee without calling it a rental fee. 

Post # 12
875 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lestat:  I live and got married in the Hudson Valley so I’m curious- what venue is this? I visited a ton of places for my wedding in the area and never saw this! I did tons of research for my wedding in the Hudson Valley in 2012 if you need any help!

Post # 13
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Service fee is basically gratuity. WHich is not a staff fee. Ours was broken down by food/pp alcohol/pp $/staff member plus the service charge. It was that way at every caterer we talked to.

Post # 14
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@lestat:  I’m also paying $28 per server and having 6 servers, plus tax. However, our venue is only charging $40 per head for food, and no gratuity. 

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