Post # 1
Our venue adds an 18% service charge on to the bill, so is it necessary to tip the staff on top of that? I’ve talked to a friend who was married recently and she said no- that charge is the tip. That’s what I’m thinking too, but I just want to make sure that’s the case. If we do still tip on top of that, how do you tip all the servers and bartenders and how much?
Post # 3
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
I wouldn’t. I consider it like a restaurant where if you are a large group they automatically add tip.
Post # 5
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
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
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 # 8
Thanks for all your comments- very helpful!
Post # 9
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
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.