(Closed) Tipping servers

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
9680 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@CzechBride14:  the grat is added to the bill in our case so we get no choice. You’re lucky that isn’t the case for you!

Post # 4
3208 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@CzechBride14:  Hm, would you be tipping 15% of the food bill from the catering company, or would you be paying them 15% of the wages they made for the night?

If it’s the food bill, I agree with you that it’s really excessive.

Post # 5
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yeah we were required to pay 20% gratuity on our bill total which was probably about 2k (venue cost and food bill were together). Ouch!

Post # 6
3336 posts
Sugar bee

I do think you need to tip something, because regardless they aren’t getting paid $15.  But I don’t think you have to do a % based tip.  You could do a set amount.  Like $75/server. 

I do suspect if they are around they will end up serving drinks and replenishing food, and mingling and actually serving.

Post # 7
9948 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @CzechBride14: Etiquette Snob here… lol

If I have understood you correctly you’ll actually be dealing with 2 different line items on one Invoice… OR 2 seperate Invoices… one for Catering (Food) and one for Service.

Your Catering Bill may or maynot have a line item for Grats (often listed at 15% to 20%) in which case you’ll need to discuss with the Catering Co. WHAT that covers.

If you are paying the Wait Staff yourself seperately $ 15 per hour (different Invoice or Line Item) … then you should TIP on that amount if they aren’t getting the Grats from the Catering Co.

Example… 1 Server @ $ 15 / Hr x 5 Hours = $ 75 + 15% ($ 11.25 TIP MINIMUM)

Hope this helps,


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