Tipping a wedding planner?

posted 3 years ago in Money
  • poll: Would you tip a self-employed wedding planner when buying a full-service planning package?
    No, I don't think it's necessary. : (11 votes)
    55 %
    A little/sort of-- I would give a substantial physical gift/a flat amount of cash : (5 votes)
    25 %
    Yes, I would tip about 10% : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Yes, I would tip about 20% : (3 votes)
    15 %
    Yes, I would tip more than 20% : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @PromiseRooster:  I would tip depending on the level of service you recieved. Our wedding planner was over the top amazing, she went above and beyond for us and our day was perfect because of her.

    We tipped her 20% and gave her a gift basket full of useful goodies.

    Post # 4
    Member
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @PromiseRooster:  It depends on the type of planner.  Is it an independent planner or one assigned through your venue?  Mine is provided by the Ritz-Carlton and I know she is paid a salary/ living wage, so I will only tip her for above and beyond service.  Thus far, she has been on maternity leave for a chunk of our planning process, and was good but far from excellent prior to her leave.  Unless she comes back from her maternity leave in November and makes some sort of amazingly helpful contribution, I doubt we will tip her.  She has been adequate but not impressive.  Should she do something excellent or very helpful on the day of the wedding or weeks leading up to it, we will tip her as a token of gratitude.  The servers, bartenders, concierge, hair stylists, manicurists, spa attendants, bellmen etc. are who should be tipped well.  I think it is a bit greedy that everyone from photographers to wedding planners are starting to expect tips when they are paid quite well.  Some employees are not paid a living wage and they depend on tips. Others should only get tips for outstanding service.

    Post # 5
    Member
    3249 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I would step on their toe and push them so they tip over.

    Post # 10
    Hostess
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @PromiseRooster:  We paid for a “full service” package which is a wedding planner from beginning to end and then some.. Some wedding planners charge additional for hours over a certain amount but most professionals ignore the extra hours and don’t pass this along to their brides, like ours. Our wedding planner went 27 hours over what she normally expects/estimates to spend on a wedding from beginning to end…that is quite a bit. Like I said she went above and beyond…but didn’t charge us.

    She was also independent and not a representative of a vendor or venue.

    To each their own of course. There are professional planners and then there are amazing planners. I guess just wait until it is over and tip as you feel comfortable. No point in deciding now, before you can truly evaluate their services.

    Post # 11
    Member
    2381 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I just got ours a gift.  We got her a nice tea set with cups, a pot, teas, honey sticks, saucers, strainer.     

    Post # 12
    Member
    5192 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @PromiseRooster:  I did not tip vendors who ran their own businesses.  Why would you?  It doesn’t make sense exception in exceptional cases.  

    I had an on-site wedding coordinator through my hotel who I thought was awesome, so I did tip her.  I did not tip based on what we paid the hotel, but tipped a few hundred dollars in cash, which seemed right to me.

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