Post # 1
I have seen way too many differing opinions on this matter on the hive, so I decided to create a poll and get the answers.
Do you tip the vendor if they own their own business or no? For example, FI and I plan on tipping our reception coordinator, but we aren’t sure for the rest of our vendors since they own their own business and work for themselves: DJ, flowers, MUA/hair stylist, photographer, etc.
So…what’s the consensus?
Post # 3
I tip for a job well done and don’t discriminate based on who owns the business. I came to this conclusion after reading a similar thread where some business owners came and talked about their side. I’ll try to find that thread.
Post # 4
No, because the ower gets 100% of the profits. Unlike a contractor or worker, who only receives a portion of it. A contractor/worker also has no say over the rates charged to customers, whereas the owner has full control, and presumably sets the rate at a level they are satisfied with.
A positive review of their business is often times more valuable then an extra hundred bucks. Money isn’t the only way to tip a business owner.
Post # 5
@LTD418: I have a split answer. I did not tip my photographer, videographer, or DJ — all of whom own their own businesses. However, I did tip my hairstylist/MUA, and he is co-owner of his business. I had been going to him for many years at another salon before he opened his business, and it just seemed odd to stop tipping him when he opened his own salon. Also, one of our mutual friends asked the receptionist about this, and she told her that the practice of not tipping the owner of a salon was becoming outdated.
Post # 6
@LTD418: I tip for the job they do, the service they provide. And in all honesty, most small business owners don’t make that much money. Many are even in debt. So I do tip them. The owner of a larger business or chain, no.
Post # 7
@LTD418: I tip for a job well done regardless of ownership status. Our photographer was an amazing source of help throughout our planning process and on the actual day. She went above and beyond, and there was no way I was going to withhold a tip just because of “the rules.”
Post # 8
I think if it is a service you would otherwise tip for, then you should still tip.
Post # 9
@drummerbride: If that’s the case, then the only one I would tip would be my MUA/hair stylist and possibly the DJ. I don’t tip the photographer at JC Penney’s when we buy a portrait session. My FI doesn’t tip the florist that he buys me roses from.
I am more than likely going to be tipping my MUA since I’ll be working with her again for a wedding shoot after the wedding, but I can’t seem to be able to justify tipping our DJ who we’ve spoken to once and will probably only meet up with again once before the wedding to finalize details. Seems like he’s showing up to do the job he’s paid for…not really going above and beyond anything.