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If you are having a reception at a restaurant or catering hall, look very carefully at the extra charges that are included in your contract, and be prepared to question them. There is no need for a cake cutting charge. You will have waiters: they have nothing to do at that point in the evening but cut cake. Monster gratuities for maitre d's fall into the same category. Actually, designated gratuities are totally out of line. The word gratuity represents a discretionary amount of money for good service: it should not be dictated to you. Tip cups on the bar are an absolute no-no. Bathroom attendents with tip baskets up are a no-no. A wedding is a hosted event, and should feel like one.