Post # 1
So I’ve been seeing several posts about gifts for vendors. I’ve never heard of such a thing before. Aren’t you already paying them hundreds to thousands of dollars for their services? Isn’t that their job? I take care of sick hospital patients for a living. I don’t receive, nor do I expect, gifts from them. So I guess my question is, is it customary to give gifts to vendors? And how does that factor into your budget?
Post # 3
i didn’t. my “thank you” was the check.
Post # 4
Etiquette Snob here… lol
There is no requirement to give a Gift to a Vendor (new one for me)… nor is there a need to give anyone Tip either if they OWN the Business.
The only folks who you have to ensure are tipped, be that by yourself, or via the payment that you contract* for are those who work jobs in the service industry (so same as in any other part of your life)… The Servers, The Bartenders, The Coat Check Person, Valet Parkers, and Chauffeurs. As well as your Hair & Make Up Person (again if they aren’t the Owner of the Biz)
The others… Wedding Day Coordinator, Photographer, etc are typically folks who own and operate their own Biz so for them the usual payment of the Invoice is enough. If you really want to thank those people, the best thing you can do, is send them a nice Thank You Card (preferably with a Wedding Pic they can add to their “Hall of Fame” Wall at the Office) AND / OR write a Review for their Biz on-line (WeddingBee has this ability)… but there are others like Yelp, etc.
Hope this helps,
* Tips are your standard 15% to 20% after tax in the USA (BEFORE Tax in Canada). Tipping otherwise is as per the norm for your country. Make sure that if you are contracting with say the Caterer that you are fully aware IF TIPS ARE INCLUDED. Because they may or may not be… even that entry on the Invoice that says SERVICE CHARGE might not be Tips, so won’t be going to the Serving Staff, Bartenders etc.