Post # 1
I’m a new bee and finally registered for an account so I can ask you all your opinion.
We’re getting married at a sort of all-inclusive venue, they provide the officiant/decorating/clean up/catering/dj in one package which we are really happy with. In our contract price, we paid the amount for the venue, plus a percentage for taxes, as well as an equal percentage for gratuity.
I’m just wondering if we need to tip additionally? I’ve read from other posters that you tip your different vendors/officiant/etc., but in this case it’s all the same vendor and the gratuity is factored into the contracted price.
Any ideas would be great, thanks!
Post # 3
Yeah, I don’t think I would worry about an additional tip since it is all a packaged deal.
Post # 4
I’m not tipping on top of gratuity they included! Call me rude if need be, but I’m just not gonna do it 🙂
Post # 5
I haven’t look into my vendor contracts…
If they included gratuity in the package, I wouldn’t tip extra except they did above and beyond.
I was told people usually tip the servers that night thou…
Post # 6
I read that you should tip on top of of the gratuity – but don’t do it until after the wedding. I tipped additionally, but that was because I was very happy with the service.
Post # 7
Equal percentage for gratuity as taxes – do you mean you were only charged 5-10% more for gratuity? If so, I’d tip on top of that. Our taxes were 10% and mandatory gratuity 20%. (Ah, that phrase always makes me laugh.)
We did not feel we had to tip on top of the gratuity, but did choose to tip the venue coordinator ($100) and banquet captain for the night ($50). We also tipped: hair (very well!), makeup (20%), DJ ($50), student musicians ($20 each).
Post # 8
You do not tip twice. You shouldn’t even be required to pay the tip beforehand. A tip is given as thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty *after* the service is performed, not before. However most people don’t realize that and don’t care. I would personally never use any business that required such a thing.
Post # 9
Nope! That’s how mine is too (well they handle food, clean-up, set-up, ceremony site, and reception site — we had to do the rest ourselves, lol) and they rolled gratuity in there so we aren’t gonna be adding anything extra. We will tip our officiant and maybe photographer…but I dunno how that works.
Post # 10
We had a 20% service charge for everything and I still gave my Dad a stack of $20’s to hand out to the bar and service staff at the end of the night. They did a really good job, and I have no way to know that they get any or all of that 20% – I wanted to make sure they got something for spending part of their holiday weekend working for us.
Post # 11
Make them put in writing who is getting that gratuity. You want to bring some extra cash for exceptional bartenders, wait staff, etc
Post # 12
If they include gratuity then I think it is up to them to include the right amount so I’m not tipping more unless there is really exception service (I’m immagining a waiter performing CPR or something)
Post # 13
Heck no I don’t tip twice!
Post # 14
I’m not tipping the venue/catering extra, because the included gratuity is 20% and I think that’s more than sufficient. But I expect the bartender will be working pretty hard that night (plus he’s our favorite at this place), so I plan to make sure he gets some cash.
Post # 15
If the tip is included, which I think is RUDE, tips should be voluntary not forced…. I would not give them anymore.
If the service was exceptional, give them more if you deem it necessary, but what happens if the service was less than ideal? The cake was delivered 2 hours late, the music wasn’t what you asked for, how do you go about asking for the tip back?
Post # 16
Heck no! No double dipping. If they already charge you for it (which I think is absurd on principle), then you’ve already done your American tipping duty.