Post # 1
So I’m starting to worry a bit because a lot of little things are coming up budget-wise that I hadn’t accounted for…. Help me out here bees, which of these people get a tip, and how much (a percent? a flat rate?)
Photographer- pretty sure she does, but I don’t know how much. Also, do I tip at the reception, or when we get the photos?
DJ- same as above.
Ceremony musicians- a three person string ensemble, do I tip at all, each member, or give one tip for them to divide themselves?
Restaurant staff- the venue is a restaurant and provides their own waiters/bartenders. There is a 20% service charge. Is tip already covered then?
Officiant- It seems weird to me to tip someone for preforming a religious service. We are giving a donation to the church. Do I tip, and should I give money or something else, like a gift card?
I hope I don’t sound cheap, more than anything else I’m concerned with not stiffing people…
Post # 3
Photographer and DJ get a tip if they are not the owners of the company. You tip the photographer at the reception and it depends on how well you think he/she did! Its normally between $50-100. DJ… same thing.
Ceremony musicians – you can tip. Normally about $20 per person.
Restaurant staff- A service charge is the tip included. At least it was for mine. I asked the event coordinator for the reception site if that was tip included… she said yes.
Officiant – No need to give a tip… it is usually a donation to the church. Though a nice Thank You card is always a good idea!
And don’t feel cheap! We all wonder about these things because we just don’t know the protocol! I hope that helps!
Post # 4
Thanks TP! Those amounts sound reasonable. I was worried it would be the typical 15-20% that you would tip a waiter or something. I am sort of worried because both the photographer and DJ have told me they might have assistants, but they aren’t sure. But I guess I’ll have to pin them down on that when the meal selections are due anyway…
Post # 5
TP to Bee pretty much said what I was going to say. However, I was told you should give the officiant a “donation” after the donation to the church. I don’t think that’s a requirement, though.