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    I just spoke to Ilaina of Marriott Stellaris. I also spoke to the F and B director. Now the service charge is clear to me. The 22% service charge is where the wait staff, Bartender and the planner wages are taken out of. This is for internal p and l calculations for Marriott. Part of replacements for tables, chairs, cutlery, laundry for the linen also is taken from this. They do not add planner or wait staff wages into our expenses. They have to be paid from "somewhere".

    THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE GRATUITY FOR ANY OF THE STAFF!

    Illaina said that she will have the same wait staff working our event for all the five events. This way we will limit the number of staff we will have to tip. She said that she will sit down with us and help us figure out a suggested gratiuity. She also said if so desired, she will have all the wait staff meet us on the last day to accept their gratiuity. I am sure she wants her wait staff to be taken care of.

    I think the 20% rule is unrealistic. Say if your total tab is $50K, your tip will have to be $10K? Tip is ofcourse individualistic and depends on the service recieved. In the US we generally dont tip owners of businesses. So no tip for the Marriotts! JK

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    Lisa at the radisson told me that the 18% gratuity added to food & drinks is for the waitstaff. there is no gratuity added to things like flowers, sashes, etc. I am going to double check that with her when we meet but I'm not paying 18% service charge and then tip another 20% on top of that. Sorry, they are going to have to eat that one. I will tip those that I hired outside of the hotel but if I see service charge added, then too bad. Enough with these people. I know Americans are big tippers but let's get real. then basically what they are saying is figure another 38%. That puts the wedding in another ballpark and I intend to make sure that is clear.

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    I looked up what Lisa said to me. The radisson does things differently i guess, yeah. here is what she emailed me concerning the service charge. This is fine with me, I have no problem with that. Of course I will tip the photographer, DJ, even Lisa, steelpan, whoever I hire. That goes without saying but they are not automatically adding the service or tip to the bill so naturally they should get tipped. Especially since the outside vendors I've hired are sweethearts and I wouldn't dream of not tipping them. And I would always tip bartenders, etc if they weren't getting a tip but as you can see from Lisa's statement, they are taken care of. Whew, that's a load off my back.

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    The 18th Service Charge is divided amongst the entire Food & Beverage staff including waiters, bartenders, cooks and stewards.
    Keep in mind: this 18% Service Charge is only applicable for Food & Beverage items.


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    pilla,

    We were at Stellaris. . .the 22% sounded right. . . the service included the minister and drummer etc. and then there was 22% on top. Did we then not tip the drummer, minister and photographer.

    If so, a year later, how embarrassing. . . .seems to me Rich and I ought to head South to make it right.

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    from GABY 9/3/12
    Originally Posted by gaby
    I checked with my wedding planner and the 18% service charge is only added to food & beverages which goes to the waiters, cooks, stewards, etc. anything else they just add the tax and its up to you to tip if you want to. i feel the only ones above that who should be tipped would be the photographer, DJ, wedding planner, steel drum player. I usually tip 20% though if these people are half as good as they have been in the planning stages, I probably would tip 25% but just to those people, no one else. obviously that would wait till the end to make sure they are that good but that's where I would stand on a wedding situation.

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    Tips for vendors - recent situation -opinions please?

    I recently heard of a situation whereas an independant wedding planner who set up the whole beach ceremony with chairs, wedding arch etc., was asked by wedding couple on the day of the wedding if the person that set up the ceremony would film the ceremony for a half hour with the couples video camera. Wanting to be helpful, the person obliged and filmed the ceremony on this particularly hot day. The wedding couple didn't even thank the person filming the ceremony nor even offer a small tip. What is everyone's opinion reading this blog?
    http://www.cayenaweddings.com
    Aruba's First Destination Wedding Planner
    Specialists in Wedding Coordination and Vow Renewals

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    tacky, they should have tipped the person.

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