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tipping the venue

Hi ladies - I'm trying to figure out how much to tip the venue and am a bit confused. I admit this it probably a stupid question but i've had a rough day!

According to the knot, "15 - 20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200 - $300 for the maitre d'."

what does "based on labor, not the cost" mean? How do I figure that out? Because i'm trying to figure out 15% of my food bill and it's way more than $200-$300! Help please!
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    NJgurl19NJgurl19 member
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    edited December 2011
    I wouldn't tip the venue only the maitre d. Isn't gratuity tipping the venue?
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    edited December 2011
    there's no gratuity added into our contract. They "suggest" 5-10%, but I'm trying to figure out if that's 5-10% of the total bill.
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    NJgurl19NJgurl19 member
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    edited December 2011
    Oh I'm sorry where is your venue? You lucked out! I believe it will be of the entire bill minus the tax :)
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    goaliegirlgoaliegirl member
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    edited December 2011
    at my venue it was a percentage of the total bill.   It is alot of money when you think about it but that covers all the servers, bartenders, valets, etc.   our gratuitly was included in our payments, so we only tipped the maitre d extra and we gave him several hundred dollars.
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    edited December 2011
    ok, thanks ladies, that's what I thought but wanted to make sure!
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    Danes983Danes983 member
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    edited December 2011
    I would check on what that will cover.  Most times that % goes straight to the maitre d.  So ask.  If it does maybe you want to give most to the maitre d but then some to the servers in a specific envelope.  Just a thought.
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    LolyalyssaLolyalyssa member
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    edited December 2011
    At season's its 4% of bill or something like that.


    This varies totally by venue.  Read the fine print of your contract.  Then ask other girls who used your venue and see what they did.
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