(Closed) Wedding Venue Cost Question – Admin Charge

posted 5 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I think that is up to the specific vendor. My rental company and caterer didn’t for my engagement party, though. The easiest way to find out is to call and ask!

Post # 4
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1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our venue charges a 20% fee, but it includes all gratuities 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Totally depends on the specific caterer, but I would guess most charge some sort of set-up/admin/delivery/coordination fee (It might just be a flat fee instead of 20% — our florist charges a flat fee of $500 or something for the set up and take down) on top of the basic per person charges.

We were told by our venue NOT to tip the waitstaff/bathroom attendents/etc, but that if we so choose, we can tip the Day-Of Manager, if we are pleased with the whole thing. I guess we’ll just have some money ready to give him or is it weird to send a check to his attention after the fact?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Caterer’s typically charge a service fee, but that usually covers mandatory gratuities. (They say you can tip on top of that, but it’s not expected).  I saw catering service fees of 18% – 22%.

I went with in-house catering, my venue charges a 22% ‘admin’ fee that does not include gratuities.  However, my venue rep said you do NOT have to tip servers, chefs, captains, etc on top of that.  Servers, kitchen, and wait staff make much more than your typical waiter/waitress (they are not tip-based employees).  If you do tip, he said 3 – 5% is customary to the Maitre D’s.

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