(Closed) Tipping caterer – holy cow

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

You can tip or not tip. I was told by one of the caterers that we interviewed that didn’t include a gratuity in the quote that $50.00 per staff person was the average.

Post # 5
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Sorry, being from Texas seeing the word cow and tipping in the same sentence makes me laugh. Laughing

Back to reality, my venue automatically adds 20% for service fees if that helps. I think if you have people SERVING as in seated dinner a service charge is expected. But, then again, mine is buffet and it’s still included.


Post # 6
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This is a link to a Martha Stewart Weddings article on tipping wedding vendors.  This is only if an automatic gratuity is not included in your contract.  From what Martha said, $100-$200 for banquet manager, $50 for chef (& pastry chef if you have one), $20-$30 for each server.  Unlike traditional servers, catering servers do receive more than half minimum wage for their work.  Usually in the line of $9-$14 an hour, depending on region and employer. 


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