Are you tipping your vendors?!

posted 3 years ago in Chicago
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t see anything involving the serving & cleaning up of food as being different than going to a restaurant for a meal. I am assuming you tip then, so you should on your food & beverage costs if it is not already included. Our venue adds an 18% gratuity to our final food & beverage bill – just like they would any kind of group dinner (we are getting married at a restaurant.)

As for my other vendors, I am still trying to sort that all out.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

From what I heard 20% is a pretty standard tip for vendors.  I definitely plan on tipping my florist, my hair/makeup stylists, and my photobooth vendor this much.  

I have some questions too…<br /><br />

Our photographer is a personal family friend, and he and his wife are also listed as guests for the wedding.  He gave us a VERY steep discount on his services.  How should I tip?  20% like I would any other vendor? ($1k)

Our venue cost ($12k) includes reception buffet lunch/dinner, linens, day of coordinator, cake, ceremony site flowers, DJ, officiant, and open bar.   How do I deal with tipping here?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

vjs32214:  I tipped my caterer and usually you should tip anyone who does not own their business (though i broke that rule and gave everyone a gift, but i had a generous gifting budget for that). Typically you could base it off of your food and beverage costs, or I did something different where I gave $50 to each server, $75 to the head cook, and $100 to the catering manager.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

You should tip all vendors that don’t own their own business and that don’t have gratuity included. For instance, we tipped out DJ because he works for a big company, but not our photographer because she owns her own business.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Great advice…  but brings up another question!

My DJ and bartenders are part of my venue package (food ervice, 5 hour open bar, etc.)  Do they get a seperate tip or are they included in the gratuity included in my venue price?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

melonseeds:  Thanks for the info!  I would MUCH rather give him a thoughtfull gift instead of just an envelope of cash like I would for another vendor.  As a photographer yourself, what would you be thrilled to receive?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

distressddamsel:  Haha to be honest I don’t mind cash. Other thoughtful gifts include gift cards I actually use (Amazon, Trader Joe’s). A lot of us get our equipment from Amazon actually, but I think you should just see what he likes to do and where he shops to get an idea.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

vjs32214:  I’d do just food and beverages

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

vjs32214:  Just food & beverage. Our venue gives us two bills, so that we only have gratuities built in on the service portion & not any rentals that we are arranging through them.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

So far we’re using small, personally owned businesses. Does that mean no tip?

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

girlygirl885:  I still tipped some of our small local vendors… For example, our catering was $3500 and I tipped the owner (who cooked and served) and the other two servers $100 each.  I gave our photographer a $50 gift card.  Etc.  It’s not expected necessarily but I think it’s a nice gesture, especially if they’re particularly good, flexible, give you a discout, etc.  

Granted, I was also to the “fuck it” stage with my budgeting, lol.

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