(Closed) Tipping Quartet?

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 3
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

yike – i know tipping is your culture but for geez sake, your already paying $750 for 90mins work!


Post # 4
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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 # 7
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • 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
17 posts

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.

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