(Closed) Do we tip when eloping?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

This is a good question, I am interested in the replies. I would think yes you would tip some people but I don’t know who honestly because I haven’t even started looking into tipping. What a wonderful package it sounds like you have!

ETA: Do you have any info about the package you received? Was it offered through the lodge? I just googled your destination & it’s stunning!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Chunkyswifey143:  I am not sure this is an eloping question; more like what is custom in NZ.  I think I’d have to get on a NZ forum or find some NZ people to see what they do for tipping over there!
 

I did a Canadian elopement package and it included all the tipping (as listed on the flyer) for us which was handy.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

 sienna76:  makes an excellent point… Tipping tends to be part of North American culture more than anything else. 

I am not really familiar with what is the custom in New Zealand, hopefully another Bee can help you with that (I think Down Under they tip on some stuff not on others… and not as much as we do in NA)

As far as Elopements go…

Mr TTR and I eloped in the USA… we bought a package (Officiant – Location – Bouquet & Bout – Photographer & 40+ Photos with Copyright on a CD).  WE DID NOT TIP as it was an all inclusive package.

I suppose if there had been Hair & Make Up added on to the package I would have tipped whoever did that… because those are Service Jobs that are commonly tipped for.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Chunkyswifey143:  Actually the only thing I know if that we’re leaning towards a destination wedding/elopement. I ADORED your venue so I just had to ask! That’s really not a bad price at all, if I could find a deal on flights from US to australia I would consider it which is why I asked. If you have other suggestions, please feel free to PM me! I am ALWAYS open to suggestions! We’re not engaged yet so I’m just dabbling around in the venue area for now until I get my ring =)

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @Chunkyswifey143: Re – Reply # 7

If you were state-side… then ya my list of those who would be tipped from the list you’ve given would be:

* Hair & Make Up Artists

* Private Chef (Wine Steward if there is one)

* Helicopter Pilot / Tour Guide

* And the Chamber Maid / Steward for your Room / Suite… if you are the type that does that

* Wedding Consultant

 

BUT as it is in New Zealand, as I said, you really should find out what the custom is there.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I’m not 100 % sure how it is in NZ but at least here in Australia we never tip, ever. And I’m pretty sure it’s the same in NZ…

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Hi, I’m a New Zealander, and the short answer to your question is that we never tip here!  It’s just not part of our culture.  Now, in some cafes you will see tip jars and if customers are feeling particularly generously they may drop a few coins in, but essentially, no, you don’t need to tip at all in New Zealand Smile

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

@Chunkyswifey143:  Nope, not even for wedding services.  Not for anything at all!  I get nervous whenever I go overseas because I’ve grown up in a world without tipping, and I’m always so scared of forgetting to tip in other countries!

No-one would be offended if you did (try to) tip in NZ, it wouldn’t be considered rude at all.  It would, however, be unexpected, and I expect that many vendors would refuse to accept the tip – I know if I accepted a tip from a foreign visitor I would feel that I was taking advantage of the fact that they were new to our country and were unaccustomed to our way of doing things.

Basically, when a vendor in NZ quotes you a price, that is the price you pay – tipping is not required, and tax (GST) is usually included in given prices.  If tax isn’t included, it must be stated very clearly that it is not – you’ll see something like “+GST” or “GST excluded” (GST is 15%).  Most vendors just give the total price, which includes GST.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper

It is because we are paid fair wages in NZ and Australia. Basically we believe that the employer is responsible for paying for staff salaries and not the customer. But this does mean that prices are higher but we also have the protection of welfare benefits and universal health care which is offset by payroll taxes.

 

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