Post # 1
So i’m wondering if you are supposed to tip these vendors. Could tipping effect the way your pictures or DVD comes out? My parents are paying for the DJ and the photographer and she says NO she does not tip (which does not surprise me at all). I’m paying for the videographer myself and am considering giving her an extra $20, along with the photographer. What are your feelings about this Bees???
Post # 3
I wasn’t going to tip, mostly because my fiance is a wedding photographer and I think maybe once out of a hundred clients he’s gotten a small tip. Essentially, it’s very rare to tip. His clients are paying him enough for his services that a tip isn’t necessary.
Post # 4
I tipped all of those.
With the photographer I can’t help but think if you gave them a nice tip it might -subconsciously- help move your wedding up the list. Or they work on it a little more. It’s human nature right? Oh, so and so bride was so nice to give me a generous tip. It’ll put you on the forefront of their mind.
But even without that I would tip if they did a really great job the day of.
We had ranges set up the day of. A base tip regardless and extra set aside if we were really happy with them the day. We ended up giving our photographer a hefty extra tip. She’s THE Best!
Post # 5
oh shoot. I didn’t even think to tip those vendors! I only tipped our officiant.
Post # 6
I would never even think to tip the officiant.
Post # 7
We tipped lots of people at both weddings but only one DJ (he was terrible and a jerk). Both photographers were also tipped. No officiants,tho. Our tips averaged $100. but were given at the end of the night.
Post # 8
You tip people who do not own their own business typically so if the photographer or dj own their own company, they get enough but if they are part of a larger group and therefore only get a portion of what you pay then a tip for good service would be nice. All my vendors own their companies so I wouldnt tip them.
Post # 9
@bride2beIn2012: that is what I always thought. You tip someone if they work for someone else, but if they own their own business (like almost all photogs) you do not.
Post # 10
I say no! With the amount of money that I am paying all of these vendors, I say NO! I agree with bride2beIn2012, if the vendor is an independent contractor, they should not receive a tip.
Post # 11
yes you are supposed to tip them…AND feed them!
Post # 12
we tipped everyone we worked with:
Our main catering manager at the hotel: $120
His assistant who answers our calls and emails: $20
Videographer: $20 (he wasn’t very responsive to our email questions so i didn’t feel like i want to tip, but gave a small jesture)
Florist owner $50
Makeup $300 (tip incluing brides + 5 hair/makeup for wedding party)
Post # 13
We didn’t tip our photographer or DJ. I never really thought of it, to be honest. Interesting to know if this is standard practice..
Post # 14
When we met with the photographer/studio owner, we asked what the standard practice is implying that we would be working with one of the photographers under him. His response was that $50 is a nice tip and $100 if the photographer did a really outstanding job, which is what we are planning to do. I guess the photographer and videographer are the people I would be more generous with since I still need them to do the editing work. Other vendors will get tipped if we are happy with them, since we will not have to ever have to deal with them otherwise.