Post # 1
Did you tip your catering manager and/or banquet captain?
We’re getting married at a hotel so we’re using their space and their in-house catering service. They charge a 21% service charge broken down as follows:
12.6% (or the current gratuity percentage in effect on the day of the event pursuant to the applicable collective bargaining agreement) of the food and beverage total, plus any applicable State and/or local taxes, will be added to your account as a gratuity and fully distributed to servers, and where applicable, busses and/or bartenders assigned to the event. The gratuity and any applicable taxes will be separately stated on your invoice.
8.4% Service Charge- Not a gratuity and is property of the hotel to cover discretionary costs of the event.
I know the servers and bartenders are covered in this, and we might tip for extra good service but it doesn’t state that tip for the catering manager or banquet captain is included. Our coordinator suggests $100-$300 or more for them on top of the service charge, it seems a bit high. Did you tip your catering manager/banquet captain when there was a service charge? And if so, how much?
Post # 3
I don’t remeber but I think our gratuity was 15%, and yes, we did tip more. But, we tipped more because we were very happy with the service. If I wasn’t happy, I wouldn’t of given extra gratuity. So while the extra gratuity shouldn’t be expected, if they do great work, I think it’s deserved.
Also, I believe we gave them an additional $150 (so not an additional percentage) but just an additional dollar amount chunk.
Post # 4
12.6% doesnt seem like a high tip, BUT I note that it says, pursuant to union agreement. Where I live, the union wait staff get paid much more than non-union, so I would think it is fair. As to tipping non wait staff, I think sometimes tipping gets out of hand.
Post # 5
I don’t want to jack the thread but I thought service charge is a TIP?
At restaurants where you have more than 5 or 10 people at a table, they automatically charge you a service/tip fee of 15-25% non negotiable its already added on to your check. And then all of that is multipled by the sales tax.
In cases like this, I never tip extra since I’m already paying the max due to a large party.
Same with my wedding venue but now I’m questioning do I really need to tip them more?
EDIT: Since it’s only 12.6% I would probably multiply your total bill by 1.15, for 15% or 1.2 for 20% and give them that extra 2.4% or 7.4% in cash as a tip because for dinner usually wait staff gets tipped 15-20%
Post # 6
@cupcakemonster99: We won’t be. If it’s included in the price, then I take that to mean I’ve already paid it.
Post # 7
For us, it’s 15% of the total amount, plus another 15% taxes on that total. We’re not paying a penny more (bwahahaha pennies have been removed anyway).
Post # 8
Our gratuity charge was 18%, so we didn’t tip anything on top of that!
Post # 9
@cupcakemonster99: We had a service charge that included a gratuity (5% service, 18% gratuity, 23% total) and we did not tip. However, I did make a tip jar for our bartender.
Post # 10
If certain restaurants, wedding planners, DOC do a really good job, I think a really detailed positive rating yelp review is better than any TIP!
Post # 11
@elliptical2013: I agree. Word-to-mouth, good reviews, are also good ways of paying it forward when satisfies of the quality of the service.
Post # 12
We had a 15% service fee, we didnt tip on top of that.
Post # 14
@housebee: Thanks for your input. Do you how your gratuity was distributed? I’m still trying to figure out if the hotel catering manager is paid on commission of the event or if we need to give her an additional tip.
Post # 15
@elliptical2013: Yep, I agree. I plan on leaving reviews for all of our vendors after the wedding. So far our DOC has been amazing, and doing a lot more than just the “day of” stuff so I want to make sure to send all the business I can her way!
Post # 16
@cupcakemonster99: I think the way it was split up for us is the “service” part (5%) was given to the banquet manager, with the 18% being given to the waitstaff. However, our venue pays the banquet servers more than the standard $2.13/hr, and then tips them on top of that.