Post # 1
So as the wedding gets closer and closer I’ve been on a million sites looking up how much to tip everyone… Any advice for me?? I know I have to tip the planner, DJ, photographer, officiant…is there more? How do I go about figuring out how much to tip everyone, is it a straight % across the board or different for everyone?
Little snapsnot info of the cost:
DJ – $1000
Officiant – $450
Photographer – $1000
Venue – $14000 (Planner was included in cost)
Do I tip the bakery where we are getting the cake? Ah so lost with how and who to tip! The planners tip was not included in the cost, only the servers and event service people was included.
Any help would be awesome!! Thanks ladies!
Post # 2
blushbambi: our cake was included in our package, so we didn’t have to tip the bakery.
We tipped the DJ, Photog, Bridal Attendant for the day and Maitre’D. We had set side $1,000 and allocated as we felt fit. And my Mother-In-Law held the envelopes with the tips and then Darling Husband distributed them at the end of the night.
We decided on how much to tip by speaking to my SIL. We used her tips as a guide and then gave a little extra if we could afford it. This is what we gave:
Photog/Videographer: $100 each (we had two photogs and 1 videographer)
Bridal Attendant: $100
Limo Driver: $50
Post # 3
Are any of these vendors the owner of their own companies? We ended up not having to tip anyone since all the individuals we worked with were the owners of their companies. Our venue added a service charge so that took care of the waitstaff.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
I’m in midst of figuring all this out right now too.
tingles: I actually asked my venue coordinator about the “service charge” and she said this was to cover their salaries and does NOT include tips.
blushbambi: I have heard to tip if they are NOT the owner. Others to think about are waitstaff and assistants, parking lot attendants, musicians, bartenders, make up artist, hairdresser, etc.
Post # 5
MrsTtoB: Every venue must be different then! We were specifically told that the service charge was the gratuity, so as to avoid the hassle of having to tip everyone in the evening. It was also conveniently a fat 20% on top of our entire food/drink bill.
Post # 6
Tip- DJ, photograher, servers, MUA, hair dressers and drivers if they are not self employed. 10-20%
Don’t tip- Bakers, florist, and the planner. I would assume a planner that works with a venue should not even be allowed to recieve tips. I don’t think I have ever heard of tipping a wedidng planner.
How; for my wedding, I had envelopes with people’s names written on it for the ones I still had to settle with. I had one friend who was just hanging out with us on the day of the wedding, and endded up giving him all the money and he handed it out to everyone. Before that they were in the pocket of my wedding binder.