(Closed) Tips/Service charge

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We had a 20 percent service charge added on (our venue was in NY), and we didn’t tip anything beyond that because we felt it was sufficient. We didn’t even tip bartenders (our guests did that for us). I had asked my sister this because she works as a server for special events at an Inn, and she says 90 percent of weddings she’s worked at, the couple hasn’t tipped beyond the service charge, which she’s perfectly fine with.

Just keep in mind that you don’t tip people who own their own business. I mention this because you said you’re planning to tip your photographer, but if they own their own business, it’s not necessary 🙂

Post # 4
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I am definitely not tipping above the service charge. 

Post # 5
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our venue (large Inn that operates its own restaurants and also caters parties like ours) adds a 20% service charge to the catering costs… I don’t plan to tip on top of that… if that’s not considered “the tip” then what exactly are they charging me for?

Post # 6
4566 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I probably won’t be tipping above the service charge either. It’s a little annoying to be TOLD how much to tip.

Post # 7
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Our service charge is 18%. That sounds like a tip to me, and given the base price and how many people we have, WAY over hourly and typical gratuities for servers. We’re not tipping extra.

Post # 8
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We don’t have a “service charge,” but I just wanted to chime in with what my DOC told me about tipping. 

Anyone who’s getting paid by the hour – servers, bartenders – maitre d’s (sp?) get tipped.  Anyone who owns their business, or is paid a flat fee – DJ’s, musicians, photographers – don’t get tipped.  Of course, you can always tip if you feel an exceptional job has been done, but it’s not expected or required by etiquette. 

And I would only tip on top of the service charge if you would have tipped more originally, or if they went above and beyond.  I.e. – they charge 18%, and you would have given 20%. 

Post # 9
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I was wondering also, but our contract clearly states that that charge and our total fee is inclusive of all taxes, service fees, and gratuity/tip so we will not be tipping anything on top of that.

Post # 11
30 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our catering contract includes a $18 PER PERSON service charge, and then says to contact our catering manager with questions about gratuity!  I have no problem tipping the servers who do all the work, but I hate to give the company another chunk on top of that (I’ve seen in several places that the tip should be 15-20% of the total bill…that could be a couple thousand dollars!).  Anyone have a similar circumstance?

Post # 12
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We have a 21% gratuity charge. So yeah… I’m not tipping above that.

Post # 13
1207 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

The only people we tipped was our limo driver which was expected and our DJ since he gave up his NYE 2 hours before our event began to be a DJ for us.  We felt that he deserved a nice big tip because of that.

Post # 14
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I dont think i will be tipping above the service charge. However i will be doing baskets to all the vendors i appreciate. My main venue went out of there way to accomidate us. I will be doing something speical for her as well as our wedding planner, and maybe even dj, photographer, and florist.

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