Post # 1
I’m updating my budget just to ensure I have thought of every possible expense. I’m not sure what section to put this in but since most of my questions are related to the reception, I figured this was as good as any.
Who all do I have to tip and how much?? Here is what we are having:
Photo booth that will have an attendant
Off site Caterer – they inlcude a 20% service charge. Is that considered the tip?
Officiant that charges a flat fee
Hair and makeup people that charge a flat fee per person
Bartender – beer and wine only and they will have tip jars out
Post # 3
I don’t have the best advice, I haven’t really thought of this yet myself. But I am commenting to follow! Also, I do think that the 20% service charge by the caterer is considered the tip. Not positive though!
Post # 4
I have answers for some:
DJ – Yes
Photographer – No
Hair & Makeup – Yes
Officiant – if it’s in a church, it’s nice to make a donation. Otherwise, I’m not sure.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
Off site caterer – the 20% service charge IS the tip
Photographer – No
Officiant – No
Hair and Makeup – Yes
Florist – No
Bartender – I told mine they could NOT put tip jars off because they were included in the 20% service charge with the caterer
Photo Booth Attendant – probably…. They’re most likely not the owners of the company and are probably putting up with a lot of drunk people 😉
Post # 6
Actually, a service charge is NOT always a tip. Read the contract and ask if you’re not sure. A lot of times, it’s just what it says it is. A service charge for bringing food to your location. If it does include tip, make sure it’s for both waitstaff and bartenders. If not, then you can choose to add the bartenders in and pay more or let them have jars out. I chose to include them in advance, so no jars.
Hair and makeup should both be tipped.
Officiants should be tipped, but it’s not required. Generally speaking, the tip is in the form of an additional donation to the church.
Post # 7
Thanks! My officiant is not part of a church. She is independent and she charges $400 for her services so in essence she is the owner of the business. Should I tip on top of the $400?
The bartender is an independent company as well. They do not include a service charge in their quote because they know they will get tips and wanted to keep their price down. Since I am providing a free bar for 7 hours, I am ok with them putting tip jars out. I will add some at the end of the night though.
I will ask the caterer about the service charge to see if that is the tip or if that just covers the cost of the waitstaff.
Post # 8
@MissKit: How much would you tip the DJ? Is $100 enough?
Post # 9
DJ – yes at the end of the night IF you are satisfied.
Photo booth that will have an attendant – No, they are paid very well to sit there all night and manage the booth.
Off site Caterer – they inlcude a 20% service charge. Is that considered the tip? No, it is generally not the tip and even if they say it is there is not a guarantee the staff will get it…I work at a banquet hall and have learned this from experience at many venues.
Photographer – I would not tip the photographer until the final package is taken care of. You can either buy him/her a gift as a gesture or a cash tip to thank them. They put in a ton of hours that you never see. If you love their service recommendations are the best gift you can give as well.
Officiant that charges a flat fee – yes!
Hair and makeup people that charge a flat fee per person – yes, I would tip what you normally would when going to your own beautician/stylist.
Florist – No
Bartender – beer and wine only and they will have tip jars out – if they have tip jars out then I would not add any extra to this. Beer and wine is easy and anything extra they get should suffice. Often they are one of the highest paid service people at your venue, I wouldn’t worry about adding to their pot at the end of the night, they do pretty well =)
Read more: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/tipping-24#ixzz2QCjEuwvL
Post # 10
I am just commenting to follow this 🙂
Post # 11
The only thing I worry about the bartenders is that if it is an open bar, will people have cash on them to tip the bartenders? Or will they think not to worry about it because the bar is already paid for.
Post # 12
@harperlynn: If I notice the tip jars empty, I will definitely tip them at the end of the night. I am budgeting 20% of the total bar tab just in case.
Post # 13
Out of that list, the only people I tipped were our hairstylists and the photobooth attendants.
Our catering contract (which included bartenders and waitstaff) explicitly included gratuity. Our florist, photographer, officiant, and makeup artist were all owners of their own business so I didn’t tip additionally.
We probably should have tipped our DJ (who worked for a company) but we ended up paying them extra to stay longer ($200 for a half hour) so I really felt like that was sufficient.
I asked our coordinator before our wedding and she said the hairstylists (since they worked for a company) were the only “requirements”. Anyone else wasn’t necessary and was at our discretion.
Post # 14
Our catering and and staff are on location. The contract has a 20% service charge adn 14% gratuity. Would you tip in addition to the automatic gratuity??
Post # 15
Just commenting to follow!
Post # 16
@kmarie719: No, I wouldn’t tip on top of the gratuity.