Caterer and Catering Staff
The Catering bill is a hefty one, typically. People ask me all the time, "do I have to tip 20% of the WHOLE THING?!" No, is the answer. With catering, first figure out if they INCLUDED the gratuity in there already. Some caterers do. If they did, you can boost that tip if you like, by handing cash to the catering captain the night of. If they didn't, think about what that staff is doing for you. They move tables and chairs, setup and breakdown, take care of your unruly uncle Joe, and make sure your dinner goes smoothly. I usually recommend some tip for the staff, usually broken down into separate envelopes for each staff member. $20 or $30 per person is an OK tip, and more is of course better. I usually recommend tipping your catering captain a bit more, as they are the person managing the rest of the staff. Cater-waiters typically make $10-15 an hour, as a rule. That's a decent hourly wage, so it's not like a restaurant server making $3 an hour. That $30 is a nice bonus for them at the end of the day. If your food is more high end, tip more. The more high-end your event is, the more skill it takes to handle serving the guests. Did the fancy staff do synchronized service, so all your entrees hit a table at once? Plated dinners require more service, and more skill than buffets. Keep all of those things in mind when tipping. HERE is what Martha Stewart says about tipping...
About the Author...
Lilli Black is the owner of Bella Calla, a full-service high-end florist in Denver Colorado. She has been in the design industry for 15 years, and was raised around plants, flowers, and art. Bella Calla has allowed her love of all things growing, and her love of all things lovely to come together. 303.995.2867