Post # 1
I am unclear on who I am supposed to to tip what. I am hoping someone can give me some guidance. I have read you only tip the vendors that are not the owners of the businesses?
Band- It is the biggest extravagance of our wedding, we planned the whole reception around them because they are our favorite local band. Their fee is high and we are also paying for them for dinner/ open bar- 4 members, a sound engineer, and a roadie.
Flowers- a family friend is doing them for a great price so I was going to give her a thank you card and restaurant gift card.
Cake- one of my best friends is making it as our gift- I am paying for her and her husband on the wedding party bus and am giving her a thank you card and gift card to her favorite store.
Caterer- he owns the business.
Day of Coordinator- she owns the business. Also- since her business is new and her fee is reasonable, when she asked about purchasing my 150 black chair covers for her stock after the wedding, I told her she could have them. I was originally planning on selling them.
Photographer- she owns the business.
Please let me know what to do! THANKS!
Post # 2
I pretty much did the opposite because I tipped based on service. I was really pleased with my hair and make up artist and her assistant, so I tipped her. Her prices were super reasonable and she didn’t even charge me a travel fee. Our photo and video guys seriously went above and beyond for us (travelled, brought their wives to help, set up a photo booth for us when our vendor didn’t show up), so we tipped them also. I tipped our DOC, who is a friend of mine, because the rate she charged us was ridiculously low. She stayed overnight with us the whole weekend and we wouldn’t have had the perfect wedding without her.
Just my 2 cents
Post # 3
TaraMay_: Thank you! I forgot the hair and makeup girls. Of course I will tip them. I always tip my hairstylist for a regular appointment anyways. Just not sure about the rest.
I don’t feel like I need to tip the band, but maybe I’m wrong? The photgrapher I am planning to.
Post # 4
I think tipping the band is totally up to you and your (soon to be!) husband. They may do a really outstanding job with keeping everyone on the dance floor, the flow of songs, etc., that blows all your expectations out of the water. Plus that newlywed high just really makes you love everyone and everything!
What you have planned for your flowers and cake people sound perfect. I think it’s really the thought more than anything in these instances. And I’m sure they’re so happy to help you out!