Fees vs. Tipping – in a pickle

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I would tip 20% on the services provided.  So $54..

Post # 4
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I don’t think those rates are bad. Yes you should tip her.

Post # 5
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The $50 is a convince charge.  It seems high, but thier prices are actually over all not unreasable.  The IRS millage rate is $0.565 per mile.  Do that as 60 miles round trip and the price is $33.90.  While that sounds like a lot less than what the millage is, you are also paying them for the appointments that both of them can not have at thier typical place of business.   Most people who are given millage are given it on top of their normal sallary.

That said, it looks like they own thier own business (?)  You do not need to tip someone who owns thier own buisness.  If they don’t own their own business, I would still tip them.

Post # 6
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you should respond and ask her for a break down in the 50.00 fee because you are calculating much more in the cost of gas plus a say, 10% convenience/travel fee for putting mileage on their cars etc. They are also asking too much IMO if they are expecting 50 bucks per person if they are carpooling a wopping 30 minutes. Thats just insane.

Then you still need to tip on their regular rates as you usually would. 

Post # 7
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@distressddamsel:  The fees don’t sound exhorbitant to me.

Don’t forget that it’s not just the gas and vehicle wear and tear that you are paying for in travel fees. They are also using their time to travel both ways- time that could have been spent at the salon making money doing other clients.

Post # 8
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

They don’t seem bad to me. My salon has a $50 traveling fee. My stylist lives 5 minutes from my house (instead of the 35 minutes it would take to get to the salon), and will be coming straight to my house from home and they’re still charging the traveling fee. 

Post # 9
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Not to mention, how much is it worth to YOU not to have to go to their salon that morning? Saves you the time, hassle, traffic, etc. Might be worth the $100 (probably would be to me)

Post # 10
9652 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@distressddamsel:  Well your make up is actually a really good price…I paid $150 for bridal makeup and lashes but that included travel. I am pretty sure your price does not include a built in tip  so yes it is customary to tip 20% for services! Also you are paying for their travel time don’t forget time is money$$

Post # 11
2233 posts
Buzzing bee

I think the fee sounds reasonable. You have to consider that gas mileage is not the only consideration here. A 60 minute round trip commute (plus set up time at the venue) means less other customers they can see that day. 

Post # 12
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

That’s way less than I’m paying and I live in the middle of nowhere where everything is cheap!

I would tip her. You are getting a wonderful deal.

Post # 13
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

It’s not just fuel to travel – it’s time and missed opportunities (other appointments they could have made during that time)

It’s really not so bad, those prices.

You don’t need to tip on the travel fees, since they included them seperatley. If they had just integrated the travel fee with their quotes for each person’s hair then yes, you’d need to tip on it. But they didn’t, so you don’t.

Post # 14
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would definitely still tip the 20%! The travel fees seem pretty high, but the actual cost of the hair/make-up is REALLY reasonable!

Post # 15
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I agree with everyone else that those prices are pretty good. Yes, of course you still need to tip.

Post # 16
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@distressddamsel:  I don’t think they are asking too much. Not only is the $50 to cover travel costs, but by travelling to your wedding venue, they won’t be able to take as many clients that day.

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