Post # 1
i’ve heard a lot of differing opinions on this so i figured i’d throw the question out there. which of the following vendors do you tip and if so, how much? none of these vendors have specified anything about gratuity into the contract.
– photographer (no second shooter)
– hair and makeup artist
– baker (she will not be delivering or setting up, we will be having a good friend do that for us to save $200+)
my caterer has already stipulated a taxable(!) 20% gratuity into the contract so i don’t intend on tipping them anymore!
thanks for the advice!
Post # 3
Yes, anyone that builds in gratuity (ie. caterer) needs NO additional tip. I found this great article that I saved and would copy and paste, but it’s way too long. But it covers probably most people. Also, I love how it’s set amounts: 10 bucks, instead of the standard 20%. Keeps things in perspective. http://www.theknot.com/ch_article.html?Object=AI980914212902 Good luck!!
Post # 4
Do you tip the officiant if you’re paying them? We’re paying our rabbi $1000 (she doesn’t have a congregation, so she’s just getting the money to say that we’re married), so it seems strange to me that we would tip her on top of that…
Post # 5
i came across another article about tipping:
the numbers seem slightly higher than what’s listed in the knot article leahb posted above but in the same general ballpark.
hope that helps!
Post # 6
Ahh yes thank you ladies, I was just wondering this myself.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY
In general, I tipped anyone who wasn’t in business for themself.
For instance, I didn’t tip my photographer, DJ, or videographer because they all worked for themselves. I did provide meals for them and gave them all a thank you card, though.
I did tip my hair dresser, cake baker, officiant, shuttle bus driver, and the parking valets since none of them owned the businesses.
We would have given a tip to the "house manager" at our reception venue in addition to the gratuity they already charged us, but we were very unhappy with the service so we didn’t give any additional tip. If everything had gone well, we probably would’ve given him about $200.
Post # 8
If you search “tipping” in the search bar at the top, you’ll find several other good sources as this topic has been on the boards before!