Not sure if this is the right place to put this, but you ladies will definitely have a lot of knowledge.
Our venue charges per person for our reception, plus an additional fee for the ceremony spot. They also charge a 20% "service charge" on the reception, then add the 7% tax. So, hypothetically, if the contract pp fee was $100, we're paying $128.40/pp + the ceremony fee (and tax on that).
Is this considered the tip, or should I budget a tip on top of that?
My venue is pretty inclusive (cake, flowers, food, alcohol, servers & some decor are included in the per person fee), so if I should budget a tip, how much should I tip? 20%, or x per person working that day, or something else? I know I want to go above and beyond for our coordinator because she's amazing, but is the rest of the staff taken care of with the service fee?
The wedding is a year away, so I have some time to plan, but I've been struggling with these numbers for a while. I have 20% budgeted, but my FI says that's too much, and our parents think some of that money should go toward our house fund.
(edited for typos, though I'm sure there's more in here)