(Closed) To Tip or Not toTip

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

From what I read, those that run their own businesses do not normally get tipped.  Your MUA would fall under this category. 

That being said, I am not planning on tipping my MUA, hairstylist, photographer, or wedding planner because of the above.  However, if these vendors go above and beyond or I am extremely happy with their work, I will tip them.  Otherwise, they will just be getting their tip.

In your situation, I would just be put off by the "hint" from the artist that tipping should be considered that I wouldn’t tip her just for that!  That’s just me. 

Post # 4
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65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

That seems tacky of her to hint at tips.  If she does go over and above your expectations and the call of duty, then it would be appropritate to tip her.  The thing is, she hasn’t done anything yet, beyond discussing her rates.  And she is the business owner, which makes it awkward.  I think it shows something about her attitude and approach to her clients in that,  she seems to be more interested in making $$ than doing her best with your makeup.  Like mssmartypants, I’d be put off too, and either continue looking for a makeup artist (I want someone sincere!) or see what work she does and tip her based off that. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

I would pause at her hinting at tips. Even subtle, it’s not good business practice. For the services that don’t fall under ceremony or reception waistaff, tipping is completely optional. You should only do it if you feel the person’s service is above and beyond what you asked for. Remember, you’re already paying these people for what they do. Often, a detailed thank you note or reference letter is a better gift and is something they can show other possible clients.

Post # 7
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629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Yeah, I know what you mean. Considering the source, I started taking wedding mag’s advice on tipping with a grain of salt. They want you to pay everyone extra!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I would probably tip her a little.. even $40 will make her day.  But only if she did a great job 🙂

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