(Closed) Tipping – How much to tip Florist, DJ, Lighting Guy, Hotel Catering Manager

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 4
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81 posts
Worker bee

i would suggest $50-100 for delivery people (florist and head lighting guy). the other lighting setup people could get $25-50 each. DJ – 100. catering manager – 100-200?

in my area, a 50-100 dollar tip is big but for SF that may not be high enough. i would suggest checking a local board if you can.

Post # 6
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505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have always thought of a tip as 20%, but I know nothing about it in the wedding industry.  I booked all of my vendors off of Craigslist and they were all people who owned their own business.  I have always heard that you should never tip the proprietor of a business, only employees.  I did tip the hair salon 20%.  I am curious if anyone else has any insight on this.

Post # 7
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66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Lighting I would tip the 5 people 40 each for a total of $200.

Florist for set-up/ delivery $100 if it is 1 person.

DJ- See how good he does… maybe tip him $100 too.

Post # 8
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629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was a catering manager for awhile, and I only had one bride that gave me a $100 giftcard over the whole time that I did it, and I was THRILLED TO PIECES.  The catering manager doesn’t get any of the service charge percentage (the 22% in your case)…that usually goes to administrative costs and the actual service staff.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

When I pay contractor a large fee to oversee a crew to come in and do a job, I’m generally expecting that the company is paying their employees a fair wage, and not making it my job to track down the individual employees to augment their pay.  You can talk to your vendors about their employee compensation and make sure that everyone is getting a fair fee.

People who have jobs where tips are customary (like the food servers) will be getting a cut of your mandatory gratuity.  The catering manager will probably get a corporate bonus if her dept. is profitable.  The DJ likely sets the fee gets all the profits, assuming that they are the business owners.  At $3K for lights, unless you get to keep the lights, the employees should be making a decent wage.  I have a friend who does lighting for a living, and $60/hr. is a starting point.  

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Melini:“When I pay contractor a large fee to oversee a crew to come in and do a job, I’m generally expecting that the company is paying their employees a fair wage, and not making it my job to track down the individual employees to augment their pay.”

 

— this comment is SOO ON POINT! Thank you! I am going to print this comment out and refernece it when I making any final (tipping) checks but I agree (yet hate that I feel compelled) to tip… when tipping should NOT be/feel mandatory. 

 

Post # 11
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58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Melini:“When I pay contractor a large fee to oversee a crew to come in and do a job, I’m generally expecting that the company is paying their employees a fair wage, and not making it my job to track down the individual employees to augment their pay.”

 

— this comment is SOO ON POINT! Thank you! I am going to print this comment out and refernece it when I making any final (tipping) checks but I agree (yet hate that I feel compelled) to tip… when tipping should NOT be/feel mandatory. 

 

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