Post # 1
Question: if someone is doing you a service for free to build out their portfolio (say, photography or planning, etc), are you supposed to tip them? Is a tip expected? I don’t want to not be able to afford a “free” service!
Post # 3
Tipping is generally expected for all vendors that provide a service not just the ones that doing it for free. At most you want to tip an individual $150 but this will really depend on how large a part they played in your wedding (and of course budget). Little things like you head waiter or bartender as well as cake delivery are on the lower end say $40-$50. Again, tipping is usually reserved for employees of companies, not owners.
Usually photogs and planner are not tipped (as this is cover in their overall service fee)but in this case, I would certainly consider it. Maybe instead of cash you could get them a nice dinner certificate or something similar?
Post # 4
It’s important to note that tips aren’t expected if your vendor is the owner of his/her business.
Post # 5
I think if they go above and beyond or do a great job that a tip would be a nice way of thanking them and showing your gratitude!
Post # 6
To be honest, I would want to generously tip someone who is doing a service for free. I would think about what I would fairly pay for their service and tip them somewhere between 25% and 50% of that either in cash or a personal gift. For example, a family friend sang in church and wouldn not accept payment so we got her a gift certificate to a restaurant she enjoys.
That being said, I didn’t tip vendors. I didn’t even think about it until I saw a board discussing the topic after the fact. I guess because I did corporate events for 2 years and never tipped caterers or anything, it never occured to me to pay more than they asked me for. I know, my catering bill included 20% gratuity and everyone else gave me a quote and I paid it without question which seemed fair.
Post # 7
If a friend, etc. is doing a service for free, I’d definitely agree on tipping. But is it different with someon who’s looking to build their portfolio and for the experience? Not just because they want to, but they need to, professionally.
Post # 8
Personally, I don’t believe in tipping. I believe that if you’re providing a service, any additional gratituty that you’re expecting should be included in your quote.
With that being said, I would only tip a vendor if they went above and beyond their services. If they were free, I would find a way to give them something.