Post # 1
I have a few wedding vendors that I’m hiring under the table. Specifically hair, make-up, and alterations. All three women are employed in these professions but I contacted them about doing this on the side and they set their own prices which we agreed upon. Do I still tip these ladies the regular 20%? Or can I tip less since they set their own price and are likely seeing more of the money then they would have if I had booked through their place of employment? I even had a friend tell me that since they set the price I shouldn’t feel like I need to tip at all- maybe just a thank you card and small gift. What is the protocol for this situation?
Post # 3
Your friend is right. In general, you don’t need to tip anybody who is their own boss. Like you said, they have set their own prices. This is why, as a wedding planner, I never expect a tip from my clients and tell my clients so – but if they give me one, I feel great!
A thank you card isn’t necessary either, but it’s very sweet and something they can add to their portfolio. If they have a place online where you can leave a nice review for them, that is ALWAYS appreciated!
Post # 4
I am a personal chef, and I make wedding cakes on the side when I don’t work weekends. I have never been given a tip for a wedding cake. If anything, whoever gives me the check may round up the total, from $195 to $200.
I don’t think it is necessary.