(Closed) Tip Jar Sign Verbiage

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I thought that a tip jar was standard for an open bar, even if you are paying the bartender out of pocket. I would never, not tip. But I dont think you need to word anything. Just put up a jar and stick a couple dollars in it. People will get the hint.

Post # 4
1653 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I don’t see any problem with having a tip jar (I always see it at weddings, and I always tip the bartenders, even when the bar is hosted), but to me, the best way to go with a tip jar is to be subtle.  The jar speaks for itself, and I think it is a little odd to have a sign specifically drawing attention to the tip jar.

If you want some cute signage, there are lots of things in your wedding you can make cute signs for!  You could even make a sign for the bar in general, just not the tip jar specifically.  Like a sign sitting or hanging on the bar that says “Drinks on Us!” or “The Party Starts Here” if it is a fun, festive, casual atmosphere, or a sign describing some fun drink options or your signature drink.

Post # 5
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I agree, tip jars are standard at any open bar. I don’t think you need a sign to explain it, people will expect it. But if you want a sign just for fun, I agree with putting a sign on the bar itself. 🙂

Post # 6
46258 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

    would any of these work?  LOL

Post # 7
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@julies1949:  I know you meant that to be funny. However, I’m a little offended for the OP. Of course, she doesn’t mean a sign like that!

OP, I think that a sign would only be necessary if you are not have a glass/see through tip jar. Smile

Post # 8
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@julies1949:  I’m loving the “trickle down economy” jar… Fiance and I are both economics nerds. So cute!

Post # 9
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@julies1949:  Hi-larious. The fish one is the best!

Post # 10
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I think most people tip their bartenders…do you really think you need a sign or even am full put jar? It just seems like standard practice? At an open bar, I usually give a nice tip up front and that usually makes me memorable for the rest of the night. 🙂

Maybe a silver tray would work and keep the money off the bar?

Post # 11
5758 posts
Bee Keeper


I got these for the bars to have bottled water out, but a few of the bartenders didn’t get the memo and were using them for tips (I requested no tip jars). I’ve since seen them used at other events for tips.

Post # 12
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Instead of a sign why not just paint a little chalkboard paint on the jar and write tips in chalk?

or just take a black sharpie and write tips across the front in super fancy calligraphy style writing? =)

Post # 13
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think I’d just make something straight forward in A pretty font eitheI on the jarair a frame beside. Just like “gratuities are split between bar staff and always appreciated” 

At many venues it wouldn’t occur to me to tip on open bar.  Ours was by consumption and we were already paying a 20% gratuity per drink, and I tend to assume other weddings are the same.  I think it’s also important to use language that makes it clear the tip is going to the bartenders. I don’t know if it’s usual in your region but here typically the “tip” jar is going to be bride and groom so if I’d already given a generous gift I’m not putting money there as well. 

Post # 14
869 posts
Busy bee

Maybe something like:


To help thank our friends for serving the booze,

Feel free to leave a tip if you choose!


I’m sure I could come up with something better, but that’s all I’ve got right now… : 


@julies1949:  Hilarious.  I love it.

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