Tipping vendors who own their own business

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That’s what the etiquette guides tell you – that you don’t have to tip.  I plan to give a small personal gift to my hair stylist and photographer (because I’m close to them and have enjoyed working with them).  It is totally up to you, don’t feel like you have to.

Post # 4
939 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did read recently that the rule about not tipping those that own their own business is going away.  I.e., it’s becoming more and more expected that you would tip someone who owns their own business.

With that in mind, the tip doesn’t have to be monetary. In the MUA’s case, you could give them some photos to use in their portfolio, or a good referral.

Post # 5
64 posts
Worker bee

Tips are never required. If the service that was given met or exceeded your expectations I believe that a tip has been earned Regardless of owning a business. 

Post # 6
625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If they did an excellent job, I’d probably tip them just because they “went above and beyond.” For instance, my FSIL had a bagpiper at her wedding that was hired to play as the bride walked down the isle and during the recessional. However, we tipped him because he arrived early and offered to play outside as people were showing up and being seated. He ended up playing for about 45 minutes longer than he needed to.

I know that’s not exactly the same thing, but it’s just an example of hiring someone who truly seems to care about the quality of their service on your big day.

Post # 7
4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I am agonizing about this! My photog and DJ are very talened and were super expensive and own their own business… do I tip them?!

Post # 8
8385 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I didn’t tip my photographer, but I did tip her 2nd photographer.  I wrote a nice thank you card to both of them, and then referred her a new client (one of my best friends got engaged).  I did tip my DJ, even though he owned his own company, and of course I tipped the hairstylist.

Post # 9
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ajillity81:  We tipped vendors who own their businesses, but in some cases, we tipped less than we would have if the vendors were employees rather than business owners.

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