to tip or not tip vendors?

posted 1 month ago in Guests
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We did not have a DJ and we did not tip the photographer because he owned his own company.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

StayHumblee :  we tipped the DJ because it’s the norm. We didn’t tip the photographer because she owned her own business. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee

StayHumblee :  we didn’t tip anyone that owned their own business and our catering contract specifically stated we weren’t allowed to tip bartenders and waitstaff. We tipped the band only because they gave us a friends and family discount so they were still WAY cheaper than we normally would have paid. Transport drivers also got tips. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Our DJ and Photographers were the owners of their businesses so we did not tip them. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would consider tipping the maitre ‘d. I tipped all of our wait staff. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I only hired small business owners so they set the price they feel they deserve. Except for the caterer and the contract already includes gratuity.  I won’t be tipping any of them. My parents might tip the DJ if he plays enough Michael Jackson for my mom. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

StayHumblee :  I’ve heard you don’t tip anyone who own theirs own business, but I still tipped both my photographer and caterers (both the business owners.) I maybe didn’t tip as much because the owned the business, but I still gave each an envelop with cash. It’s probably not necessary, but they both did a great job and I just think if you’re unsure about tipping you should just do it. It’s the nice thing to do.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

The florist and her team that will be coming to set up on my big day – should I tip her/them? It is actually the floral department of a grocery store.

 

ETA: Also, our DJ will only be running sound for us. What would be the ballpark figure on his tip?

Maybe I should start my own thread! Sorry for hijacking!! 

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