Post # 1
There’s tons of articles on tipping but wanted to get some fresh responses on the ones I’m confused on. Should I tip and how much?
- Drop-off catering (we’re having BBQ catered but it will be dropped off. not full service or set-up)
- Drop-off rental chairs (no set-up)
- Privately run photography/ers
- Catering helpers (my moms bunco friends are volunteering to setup the buffet in chaffing dishes and clear dinner plates and trash) I would like to tip them $50 each as a thank you. Is that sufficient?
Post # 3
here is my opinion….
drop off catering & chair rentals: i would give them a few dollars unless there is a “delivery fee” in your contract
Private photographer: If it is the owner than nope (but a thank you card and small gift after the honeymoon is appreciated) if it is an employee then yes it would be nice again a thank you card and small gift would suffice
catering helpers: yes i think that is so great of you
Post # 4
@mainejen: Great advice! I really appreciate it. Sometimes you need a fresh perspective. Yes, the rental place charges a delivery fee. I didn’t even think about that. Thanks so much!
Post # 5
Excpet for your mom’s friend’s I say no.
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Post # 7
I’m a wedding coordinator. The best advice I can give you is only tip those who deserve it. It kills me when I see brides tipping vendors that didn’t go above and beyond to make their dream wedding a reality, they just show up, and do their job half-ass. It happens a lot, and brides don’t see that. Unfortunately, brides also might not get a chance to see when a vendor goes above and beyond, because of all the excitement and love in the air, which is understanable. If you have a wedding coordinator or planner, and they did an awesome job throught the entire process, definetly tip them first. They have the hardest job, and do the most work. Also, many brides and their families are broke by the time the wedding rolls around so vendors shouldn’t expect tips in my opinion. The best thing you could do for a vendor that is worth more than any tip, is give em a 5 STAR REVIEW on The Knot.com.
Post # 8
@mrs.mrod1026: That’s some awesome advice! I really appreciate it!
Post # 9
I agree with everything mrs.mrod1026 says. It’s who deserves the tip in your mind.
Post # 10
Thank you for the reminder I forgot the pick up my gift card for my officiant. Im not tipping my DJ (maybe a bottle of wine but thats it) since hes a co-worker in the winter. My officiant is getting a gift certificate to his favorite hang out where we actually met. Photographer I think Im over paying already so he will get a card since his service hasnt been great so far. I would also tip your volunteers even if its a gift card for a nice dinner for two to each one. I work in an industry that tips and sadly its the shitty looking unprofessionals that get tips which drives me nuts. We are owner operators now and we do not expect our guests to tip since they paid good money to enjoy our services and we made good money from them.