Post # 1
I have read here and other websites that you do not tip a vendor who owns their business. This doesn’t make sense to me… My hair lady owns her salon but I always tip her. My caterer owns his business but the tip is negotiated into his contract (this is probably for his servers?)
So my question is–do you Bees agee? Never tip a business owner unless they do an oustanding job? If so, why is that the case?
Post # 3
@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
@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 # 6
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
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.