I'm probably going to sound obsessive and idiotic but i'm asking anyway.
We are on a super super strict budget. I analyze each and every charge/purchase with a fine tooth comb. When I was running our food numbers recently I was coming up with a total that was $60 less than what my caterer was telling me. I asked her for an outline of charges and realized that she's charging us gratuity on top of labor charges.
Now I've never catered before but I have waited tables for several years. The gratuity is figured based on the amount of the check, not on the amount of the check, plus the hourly rate the restaurant is paying me.
So our food charges are (these are made up numbers)
$100 then we're being charged $50 for the servers (which she claims doesn't go to the servers) and then $25 for delivery and then $30 for gratuity.
Does anyone understand what I'm saying? I understand that we're paying a separate charge for both labor, and then a tip on top of that, but I don't understand why the gratuity percentage is being figured on both the labor fee and the food total.
Before I made a jerk of myself in front of my caterer, I figured I'd ask and see if that was something that other have encountered, or if I should ask her about it. I don't want to seem cheap but $60 is a lot for a wedding as small as ours...I could add an extra 10 bottles of wine to our bar for that! or buy fancier silverware or something..
so if i'm nuts, please tell me. I thought someone had mentioned before that famous daves was their caterer too and I can't remember who that was. help?