(Closed) Tipping for complimentary buffet at hotel after wedding?

posted 1 year ago in Money
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it is normal to tip at buffets. There is still a lot of “service” in getting you your meal. As the hosts , who are getting out of paying for the farewell breakfast for your guests, I would make certain I gave a generous tip, 20% or more per person.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Service staff at buffets still do a lot of work for you. They cook your food, clean up, set tables, the list goes on. I tip st every buffet and IMO it’s a bit selfish to not tip solely because it’s a buffet, as the service staff still relies on your tips for their pay.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Im a horrible tipper (sorry to the bees out there to get tips) 

but my husband is quite the opposite. He will tip a good service no matter what it was. He has tipped  our bussperson fron the hotel buffets area of they check on us regularly and take out plates. 
I guess you are tipping the chef? How many people are you paying for?

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

At any brunch buffet I’ve ever been to someone has seated me, taken drink orders, cleared dirty plates, made my omelet, etc. and I’ve always tipped. 

Your guests will have to take their used plates, flatware and linen somewhere and wipe down their table when they are finished? That seems odd to me. When is your wedding and where will it be that a self-serve brunch buffet is even an option in our new COVID world? 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

1 dollar per person seems very reasonable to me (the horrible tipper) 100 bucks seems good

what is the 20 percent of the charge if you don’t mind me asking

 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve been to a lot of hotel brunch buffets but none like you’ve described. Staff will still have to set up, break down and clean the room so even a minimal tip seems appropriate. Could you hire an extra staff person to clear plates? 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Most breakfast buffets I’ve been to at a hotel simply don’t have the capacity for 100 people at once. Are you sure your hotel has the capacity for such things?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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@DoeEyes:  if they are providing the space and setting up tables and chairs, then yes, you should provide some sort of a tip.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I vote for the 100. And an extra dollar for every extra guests. Maybe the amount of guests at once is what they want the tip to accommodate for. Like gratuity. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

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@DoeEyes:  the thing to remember is that even though it’s your typical hotel buffet, you will be increasing how many people attend. Staff will have to keep up with an atypical amount of food, clean plates and silverware, drinks, etc all while keeping you and your guests as well as other hotel guests from waiting around.

I wouldn’t normally tip at a hotel breakfast but in this case there really is extra work involved because of your group, so I would plan to, and probably generously, especially with the free room. I’d still consider whether they were able to do a decent job though… if guests are constantly waiting on empty bins of food or half-assed clean dishes I’d modify the plan accordingly. 

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