Post # 1
Hi Everyone –
This may be a silly question – but I want to make sure I do the right thing. We have booked a quartet for our ceremony, who will play for approximately one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes. (30 minutes before, the ceremony which will be short, and the a short while afterwards). We’re paying $750 for this, and the four members of the quartet are the only people involved (they are an independent group of music teachers who do this on the side, not an event management group hiring people out).
Do we need to tip these people? I’d originally put $80 in our budget for their tip – though $20 person is starting to make me feel kind of cheap. Then again, I’m paying these people almost $200 each (assuming they split evenly) for an hour and a half of their time. I know they have transportation costs (20 minute drive at most) and they have to practice, etc. so I know there is more to it than just the hour and a half they are actually playing for the wedding, but is a tip still warranted, and if so, how much?
Would appreciate any thoughts. 🙂
Post # 3
yike – i know tipping is your culture but for geez sake, your already paying $750 for 90mins work!
Post # 4
Actually, I think they would be surprised to receive a tip. You are paying their set fee, plus you are probably extending an invitation to each of them to join you for your reception where they will benefit from those perks (dinner, drinks, desserts!). We do not typically tip our florists, bakers or djs, so why should you feel obligated to tip musicians for a similar service? If you feel that they went above and beyond and you were really happy with their service, you could always send them something extra as a thank you, but I don’t think you should feel obligated to tip the musicians.
Post # 5
Eek! I hadn’t even thought about inviting them to dinner – I’d certainly be happy for them to stay, but figured they would want to head home. Do I bump my head-count by 4 to (potentially) accomodate them and not tip on top of the set rate?
Post # 6
Hopefully I’m not being rude bumping my own post – just hoping to get some more thoughts on if I really need to tip our quartet. Thank you!
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2010 - Stage 6 Steiner Studios
I’ve heard that you’re supposed to tip your vendors unless a service charge is already included (then it’s at your discretion). I think $20 per person is adequate for the time they are providing. I don’t think it’s customary to include them in the reception (unlike the photographer and videographer who will be working w/you then). That’s what I’ve heard but maybe post this in the etiquette board to see what others think!
Post # 8
you should always tip your music providers unless they didn’t do a good job. A good rule of thumb is 20-30%
Being invited to stay for dinner and drinks is uncommon an there’s this misconception that musicians will work for food and drinks Wrong. So if you can’t afford the tip, then don’t; do it but, you should know there is a standard tipping rate and never expect them to accept food and drink as reward for work. Unless they play the reception you really should not have them stay past their booked time anyway.They don’t expect to be invited to dinner. personally none of my musicians are even allowed to drink alcoholic beverages. they’re at work.
Tipping is very much a standard when hiring service providers.