My resort is also adding pretty much the same fee on to everything. I also have a wedding planner and she adds 18% to everything as well. I think it is pretty standard with all the resorts and planners down there.
I was also wondering about tipping...I feel like my planner who is organizing and booking everything too ( photog, music, flowers, etc) probably has something worked out with those vendors about tipping since we have to pay the service charge on EVERYTHING but I don't really know. I'm not sure if we should tip all these people, even though we already are paying a good amount and what if we are paying more for them since they are being booked by her? Not sure how to handle this either.....
AnnCam, any advice on tipping?
Originally Posted by Kathie
Hi. I am getting married at the Westin in October. The Westin adds approximately 17% service charge to everything. My question is are you all paying a service charge at your hotel? I understand on the food, drinks, etc. but they have also booked my photographer, florist, d.j. and steel pan player. They are adding that service charge to everything. I was going to hire a woman myself for some other decor and they kind of just took over. I don't mind having them do it (less work for me) but now I will have to pay a service charge for that too. I plan on tipping all my vendors very well but I'm wondering who is getting the money that Westin is collecting on the service charge? Do the vendors get that and if not why is the Westin collecting it?
Any help would be appreciated.