(Closed) Tipping

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I always read that even if the gratuity is included, you can tip for above and beyond service.  Other than that, I wouldn’t.

Post # 4
10450 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I wouldn’t. I consider it like a restaurant where if you are a large group they automatically add tip.

Post # 5
2052 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

A lot of NYC venues charge an ‘administrative and service charge’ which is NOT a gratuity, but a  charge they use to cover overhead. A lot of times these venues pay their servers significantly more than normal restaurants.  This detail is in the fine print of my contract. You could check there or ask your venue contact- they will tell what most people tip (if anything).

Post # 6
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our venue charged us a hefty administrative service charge, as well as include gratuity in their prices. So I am not planning to tip anyone from the venue, just a few outside vendors.

Post # 7
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think you should ask your venue whether the staff actually gets that money.  I think it varies depending on the venue and how exactly it is worded.

Post # 9
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would read the fine print. We have separate line items marked as service which is the cost of the servers/chefs and then we have a percentage (something like 15-18% I think) that is marked as administrative fee. The fine print on the contract specifically states that this is NOT gratuity and we had to tip separately.

Post # 10
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The service charge is not necessarily gratuity. You should clarify what the service charge is for. It is probably for the service, but will not go to the servers themselves.

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