Post # 1
I am getting married in less than a month and was on Martha’s website and read a post about tipping the cater, photographer, DJ, bakery…. Some people were mentioning that it was a must to tip 20%! Well we are already over budget with a catering bill of over $10,000 and I think a $1,000 tip is outragious!!! Then other people mentioned that you don’t tip the bakery for the cake or the photographer because they provide a set service for a set price… but so does the cater???
Arg… I am sooo confused can you please help me with this??? I don’t want to be rude and tip or not tip the wrong people!?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I would look at your catering contract because the tip might already be included. I know our contract includes a 20% gratituty.
Post # 4
My caterer was explicit that the gratuity is not included in the final bill. We will be adding 20% to whatever his total is. That’s just the way it goes.
Post # 5
I had the same questions and asked my wedding coordinator…she told me that if catering is taking 20% on top of their fees, you’re good to go with them.
Photo & DJ you can tip but most don’t. It really only depends on the service they provide to you. If and only if they do an amazing job the night of, then you tip. Otherwise, vendors do not expect it.
Post # 6
Our contract as well states that we have to pay the caterers a certain percentage at the wedding site. Aside from that, I plan to provide "Thank You Baskets" to all those who I think deserve it from Wine Country Gift Baskets since they’re affordable and give the largest amount for their buck. Or I may just send each of them a bottle of wine with two tickets to the movies from Costco. I haven’t decided yet.
Post # 7
If there are servers with the catering… which there prob are, you should leave 20% regardless of the large amount. And if tip is included, remember that is BEFORE taxes so it’s only 18%… but you should then tip beyond to equal 20%.
Post # 8
Our venue charges a 20% service charge on top of the food and beverage costs to cover all gratuities. This supposedly covers the cost of the servers and their tip. I would say that between 18% and 20% would be appropriate for catering.Also, there is no need to pay a tip on any after-tax amount. Most people do when they are out to dinner because it’s easier and makes a less than $1 difference.
I have always read that DJs should be tipped between $50 and $100.
No tip is ‘required’ for photographer, florist, or bakery unless they really exceed your expectations and you want to thank them with some cash or a small gift.
For me it helps to think of the people that actually adjust their service to accomodate your guests. The caterer and DJ’s excellent service at the event will lead to happier guests. The pictures, flowers, and cake are all predetermined.