Post # 1
We are setting out a tip jar at our open bar at our wedding because friends of ours are “lending” us bartenders from their bar who will work for tips. Also because our friends and family are fun and generous people who would not take ‘offense’ to something normal like a tip jar at a bar.
I know some of you do not agree with this (which is your right) but please do not post on here simply to state your disagreement with our decision.
At one point I remember seeing a cute little “bar tip jar sign from the bride and groom” that someone had made and now I can’t find it. I’d like to make a sign to put by the tip jar.
Anyone have something like this or have some suggested verbiage we can use? Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
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
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
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
would any of these work? LOL
Post # 7
@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.
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@julies1949: I’m loving the “trickle down economy” jar… Fiance and I are both economics nerds. So cute!
Post # 9
@julies1949: Hi-larious. The fish one is the best!
Post # 10
- 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?
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Post # 12
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
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
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.
Post # 15
@julies1949: LOL to the fish one!
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