posted 2 years ago in Money
Post # 2
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

lexie1114:  We tipped all vendors (officiant — which is typically a donation to the house of worship and not kept if your officiant is a church member–, caterer, floral, photog, hair, makeup, baker, and DJ).

I don’t think whether or not it is included in a package would affect tip (in fact I would be inclined to say even more likely that a tip should happen in that instance), unless the package specifically indicates that a portion is already alloted to tip. Even on a cruise, for e.g., the package includes everything + a service charge, but you are still “supposed” to tip the service/wait staff, concierge, etc… You can always ask your venue if tip is included. 

Post # 3
11626 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Service charges generally do not cover tip for the staff, unless it’s written in the contract that it does.

You generally tip anyone who does not own their own business.  I would make a donation to your officiant’s affiliation. 

Post # 4
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

lexie1114:  Always make sure you tip your vendors directly. When you have a packaged deal and pay a service charge, that goes to the maim company and is then up to the manager to distribute. So your photographer and officiant may not receive as much as you would have liked for them to receive. When you leave it up to the service charge, it is the managers descretion how much they pay the subcontracted vendors.

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