Post # 1
are any of you or have you tipped your photographer for your engagement session?
there is a photographer that i REALLY want, like REALLY want. at first i didn’t think we could go with her cuz it was way out of our budget, but she graciously customized a GREAT package for us that i feel that i can’t pass up (it’s still up there, but not AS high, esp for her work). she actually normally charges an extra fee for the engagement session, but for me she’s throwing it in for free. so now i feel like, should i tip her for the engagement session?
also, for the day of the wedding, do i tip her based on the customized package price she created for me (which is discounted)? Or, do i tip her based on the amount that a typical package goes for?
if i have to end up tipping so much, it’s gonna break my budget even more…
Post # 3
Good question. I want to know now too. Let me go get one (yes, I have more than one) bridal ettiquette books and look see.
Post # 4
I found out that tipping is not customary for photographers but optional. If you do then no more than $150 or 10 – 15% of the total bill. If there is a second photographer you may tip them $50 after the reception. And vendors greatly appreciate thank you notes to show future clients. 🙂 Hope this helps
Post # 5
It is definitely not customary to tip the photographers, I have been tipped in the past and it’s always definitely a big surprise and it’s usually because of something I did like going above and beyond what is expected. Typically, if they’re the sole business owner, they’re not going to expect a tip. I think in general, photographers appreciate, more than anything, lots of referrals and glowing reviews, and you showcasing your photos w/their logo on your website and facebook page!
Post # 6
I asked this question as well. Almost everyone said do NOT tip the photographer, or the videographer. And it made sense. First of all, you’re paying a crapload of money anyway, as expressed in the contract. If they expected more money, it’d be in the contract. And, as I was told, I’m sure the deal you’re getting is amazing, but that’s what they do, they negotiate. They know that not everyone will pay the price asked up front, so they change the prices to accomodate you, because after all, a sale, even under the asking price is better than no sale. Does that all make sense? Kinda rambled but I just dealt with this question too.
Post # 7
I’ve been told that you shouldn’t tip anyone who owns their own business. Liek if your photographer brings an assistant, you could tip the assistant, but as far as the photographer its not necessary. Although it may be nice to write a great thank you offering to recommend them if brides ask for references, or you could send a small gift to let them know you really appreciated them.
I’m in love with my photographer and know he loves this restraunt near our wedding. I want to get him a gift card after teh wedding to know we really appreciate him since he went above and beyond at our engagement shoot.
Post # 8
thanks bees! *huge sigh of relief* after reading your comments, i also did a search online, and everyone is saying the same thing.
honestly, the reason i even got this idea was cuz my DOC gave me a document on “wedding tipping.” under photographer, it said 10-15%! so now i’m questioning if my DOC knows what the heck she is doing. so that means if someone got a $5k package, they’d tip more than $500 – that’s freakin rediculous.
Post # 9
Tipping is optional, and while we sure do appreciate it, other forms of praise are also crucial to us, and we love those as well!
Good reviews online, a nice testimonial, a reference, all of those are items which can translate into more than a tip, so if tipping isn’t something you’re comfortable with, there are many other ways of helping us continue our work.
I’m glad you are willing to consider this though, not many people do.