Post # 1
Hi, all. I am new to the boards here. I have been lurking for a while, especially the DIY section, which is amazing!
My wedding is 18 days away and I am trying to figure out who I need to tip. I have seen the cheat sheet on the Knot, but I guess I am still not quite sure on what to do with some of my vendors. Any help is greatly appreciated!
- Makeup Artist – She owns the business and is not bringing any assistants. I am paying for my makeup, as well as my four bridesmaids. Do I still need to tip her?
- Party Bus – The company we are using is family owned. The guy driving us around on the day of the wedding owns the company and the bus. We are already paying him $450 for 5 hours. Do we tip him?
- The bartender – Our venue requires a $125 service fee on top of paying for the open bar per person. Do we still tip the bartender?
I am not trying to be cheap, just trying to figure out our last minute expenses. Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
@blondie_182_182: Yes, you tip everyone. For makeup artist I added 20% of the total bill. I’m not sure of the party bus since we didn’t have one. Maybe add $50, so $500 total. The bartender, I don’t remember giving them tips. I think our guest give them like $1 per drink and some don’t.. I know, I’m cheap too, but we’re already paying a lot for the wedding..
Post # 4
I would not tip the makeup artist. Is the service fee a tip for the bartender? You can call and find out. It may go to the venue for set-up or something. $125 is only a sufficient tip if the bar bill is like $600 or less. My guess is you still need to tip the bartender. Not sure about the party bus.
Post # 5
You most certainly do not need to tip the makeup artist as all of the money is going directly to her. If she does something above and beyond, I would add a tip. Otherwise, skip it.
Typically, I would say tip any sort of limo service, but if the bus is owner operated, you can skip. The rule of thumb is that you do not need to tip owners.
I am in a conundrum regarding the bar, but I do feel like you need to tip on the bar additionally, unless gratuity or service charge is include already. I would tip on the PRE-TAX, pre-additional fee amount of the bar.
A little known fact, but when you go to a restaurant, you need to only tip on the food/beverage costs (not the tax cost) and you do not need to tip any bottles of wine either.
I am curious to hear others opinions on the bar scenario.