(Closed) Tipping – who and how much?

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: Who do you tip? Please say how much in the comments!
    Caterer (outside) : (5 votes)
    23 %
    Caterer (if through venue) : (2 votes)
    9 %
    Waitstaff (outside) : (6 votes)
    27 %
    Waitstaff (if through venue) : (3 votes)
    14 %
    Officiant : (4 votes)
    18 %
    Florist : (0 votes)
    Baker : (0 votes)
    Photographer : (2 votes)
    9 %
    Videographer : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    188 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I don’t know, but I’d love to see the answers too as i’ve been wondering this.

    Post # 4
    1207 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    A good rule of thumb is if they own their own business they don’t get tipped.  Also if they get paid a lump sum, they don’t get tipped.  I voted for Caterer (outside), waitstaff (oustide), Officiant, Hair stylist, make up artist, nail person, and limo driver.  For your caterer and waistaff it will depend, if gratuity is included, then no need to tip; if gratuity is not included, then you should tip them.

    Post # 6
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Most of those are NA for us.

    But i always tip my stylist about 20+% (i go to a salon school so it’s like $35 for color and i’ll give her a $10 usually) and I always tip my manicurist a $5. If it’s $15 for a fill, she gets a $5. If it’s $25, she gets a $5. Sometimes the prices fluctuate but I just always give her a $5.

    Post # 7
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I plan on tipping: outside waitstaff, bartenders, all beauticians.

    I may tip: coordinator, DJ. Both of them own their own businesses, but working with them so far has been a dream, so I could see giving them something extra as a thank you.

    My officiant is a friend, otherwise I would pay and tip, or if I were religious make a donation to their institution. I plan on buying my officiant a nice gift, and will probably make a donation in her name to a women’s shelter (she is a former rape counselor).

    Post # 10
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Wait until after the wedding is over to see who deserved a tip. A tip should never be given for bad service or simply doing their job. If they deserved the tip, they can wait until you send out thank you notes to the vendors. If you feel a vendor went above and beyond for you, then feel free to tip them. People can change their attitude and service tremendously between the planning stages and when providing the actual service so don’t base anything on the planning stages.

    Post # 11
    5758 posts
    Bee Keeper

    We tipped each bartender $100.,and the event coord. & maitre d each $150., photographer $100., hair & makeup stylists $100. each as well. Nothing to the DJ as he was not very good or nice to the guests. Our venue charged us 20% gratuity,but we tipped those people who went above & beyond for us anyway. We gave out a lot of cash that night. Laughing

    Post # 12
    922 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    This is what my friend tipped at her wedding..she sent it to me as a gauge…



    Maitre’d (@$3pp for 100ppl) = 300

    Bridal Attendant = 100


    Day of Coordinator (she is the owner)= 100

    Photographer = 100


    Photographer’s Assistant = 75

    Videographer = 75


    DJ = 75


    MC (owner of the company) = 75

    CH musician = 50


    Florist = 50


    ceremony musicians (2pp) = 50

    Hair & Makeup (2 ppl) = 150

    Post # 13
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    From the article posted above (thanks msq)I like the idea of having FH’s Best man tip the services. What a weight off my shoulders – I was sitting here trying to figure out how you go about doing this!

    Post # 14
    214 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    Catering : 10-8 %

    Bar: 10% or Tipping Jar

    DJ: 10-15 %

    Hairstylist & Make-Up &

    Nails: All 20 %

    I didn’t think you had to tip the Photographer. You do?

    Post # 15
    769 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    this is so confusing.

    do you tip for your hair trial?

    Post # 16
    463 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    @sarah: Exactly my thoughts.  With all the wedding hooplah, I don’t think I’d be able to remember who to tip and how much.  I’m assigning my bro in law (who is one of our groomsman) with the tipping stuff coz he’s very organized with these things 🙂 Plus, I think our bestman would be too drunk to tip at the end of the day! LOL!

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