Not tipping business owners?

posted 3 years ago in Money
  • poll: Do you tip a vendor who owns their business?
    Always : (6 votes)
    22 %
    Never : (2 votes)
    7 %
    Only if they do an OUTSTANDING job : (19 votes)
    70 %
    This other scenario (below) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    968 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Pumpkin_Bee:  I said only if they do outstanding.

    The reasoning is that as a business owner they’re not getting a set % from what they charge and they also typically have lower overhead. This normally applies to services such as makeup and hair. If they are contracted out from a company they would get say 25-50% of the cost, and the rest goes up to the company that contracted them. But if they own the company, they’re pocketing 100% of the money, so why give even more?

    Post # 4
    8387 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Pumpkin_Bee:  I think you should give your vendors something, even if it’s just a thank you card.  I tipped my DJ, even though he owned his own company (we also provided dinner for him and his wife).  I did not tip my photographer, however, I did refer a couple to her (engagement shoot), and I tipped her assistants (we provided dinner for them as well).  I think the only person I didn’t tip was my cake baker, but I didn’t even see her on my wedding day (cake was already at the venue).  Of course I tipped my hair stylist, and I did my own make-up, but I would imagine you’d tip your MUA too.

    Post # 5
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    • I tipped my hair stylist and make-up artist even though they’re sole proprietors because their contracts specifically said that gratuity was not included, so I knew it was expected. 
    • We did not tip our day-of coordinator or DJ, who both own their businesses, but it was due to quality issues.  We had planned to tip them before the wedding.
    • We didn’t tip our photographers either, though I regret it.  We may send them something on our anniversary.  In the meantime, we’ve left them glowing reviews and referred couples to them where we can.
    • We didn’t tip our cake baker, florist, or photo booth attendants, all of whom own their businesses.  I didn’t think they were supposed to be tipped.

    Post # 6
    1470 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m not sure about for a wedding but I don’t tip my hairdresser who owns her salon because she charges more than the other stylists and she also doesn’t have to pay herself chair rent…so that balances out. I don’t know who told me this policy…but I’m an over tipper everywhere else…restaurants, bars, taxis, etc


    Post # 7
    131 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    What about when you go to a restaurant, and your server is clearly the owner of the place? Just because they own it does not mean they didn’t work hard to wait on your table…? Sure, they’re making some money off the food sale, (not as much as you think) but surely you would have tipped a regular waitress, right? I don’t really understand the theory behind all this? To me, I look at wedding business owners the same way. If you would have tipped if they didn’t own their business, when they do, it doesn’t change things in my eyes.


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