(Closed) VENDOR TIPPING vent session.

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would just not tip. That’s really stupid. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Most venue’s I looked at said the same thing. One of the major factors in us picking the place we did was because they told us that the service charge WAS the gratuity and that it was included in their package price! Easily 95% of the others we looked into had a 18-22% service charge  that did not include gratuity.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

You don’t tip anyone until after you see the final product/service in action and only if they go above and beyond the call of duty. When you do tip someone, you decide how to much to tip them. It’s not their place to dictate a tip in the first place, much less how much they get.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

Our venue said something similar, but was even more vague like “The service charge is in lieu of formal gratuity, but you can still tip if you want” (Not that, but something similar.)

I think service charges cover their employees’ wages (so they’re not working for 2.12 an hour and hoping the hosts tip 15-20% on food at the end of the night) and the “gratuity” is just anything extra above and beyond (maybe 20-50 dollars a server/typically-tipped employee depending on the formality/involvement/length of your event). 

At least, that’s how we’ve interpreted it. I would absolutely not feel obligated to tip another significant amount…just give a little something extra if the staff goes above and beyond. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We’re lucky enough to have a mandatory service charge AND a mandatory gratuity charge.  Yay us.  Ugh.  At least we know how to budget going in.  And it is a really great reception spot so I think it will be worth it. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Farfromachildbride: That’s what most of the ones we looked into were as well. By the time we factored in the mandatory tip, service charge and tax it was over an additional 50% percent!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My Fiance & I were just discussing this. 

 

In addition, do you tip the DJ? The Photographer? The Flower people? The limo driver? The Officiant?

 

For some of these people *The DJ & Photographer* the are independent contractors and are already charging an arm & leg that they get to keep without sharing…

 

What the heck!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011

being a (restraunt)server… i can tell you theres a extreamly good chance these “servers” are not getting paid server wage ($4.15 hr in FL) they are getting paid a diff. per hr. wage by their company… i DEF. would NOT be tipping on top of this so called “service charge” aka the servers (wage) from the company… 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

Well, I can comment on this first hand as I work at a wedding/reception center. I am a banquet server, and already get paid a full wage, It is not lowered to account for tips. They say that the service charge is separate from gratuity as well. And, they encourage you to still pay gratuity. What they say is that the service charge goes to table set up, linens, cleaning linens, and what not. From what I have observed by working however, is that no way does it cost that much to pay people to set up tables and wash linens.

I wouldn’t expect anyone to pay us a tip on top of the large amount they are already paying. I get payed a full wage without tips. Also, if it helps to know, almost nobody leaves a tip. Ever. At least not where I work. It is probably different depending on where you live but my advice is to not pay anything extra. You are certainly paying enough already.

Post # 13
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Honey bee

@cbott, that is an excellent point that catering servers are entirely different from restaurant servers and thus paid differently so you can’t compare the two.

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