Post # 1
wedding is in a week GULP! What’s the latest expectations around tipping vendors that own their own business? Is it a percentage (ie, 20%) or can it be a minor cash amount. If something is $2k, would a $50 tip seem cheap LOL.
Photographer – owner of company, will have assistant $2500
DJ/MC/musician – owner – $1500
Makeup and hair – NOT owner of bizness, $400
Florist – Ownder of company, $1800
Photobooth guy- owner, $500
Mochi favor boxes – owner, $300
Pastor – has not asked for any $$
Post # 2
Generally a tip isn’t expected for someone who is the owner of the business, but you can give a little extra in appreciation of excellent service if you like.
I’ve never heard of tipping a pastor or other officiant. Is there no charge in your case because he/she is actually a personal pastor to you (from a church you attend)? Rather than someone you’re hiring from an officiating service? For a pastor I think a small gift of some sort would be a nice token of appreciation (depending on your relationship with that person and whether a gift would seem appropriate), or I’ve also heard of making a donation to their ministry or a charity they work with.
Post # 3
Thanks all. I’m all for giving some sort of tip even to the business owner, but if it’s an expected percent (20% of $2000 = $400) then I’m for sure broke! Glad to hear the consensus is anything is appreciated.
Post # 4
I did not tip vendors who owned their own businesses, but did tip the DJ and photographers’ assistants $50 each. I also gave our officiant a personalized gift, but he’s family. I’ve heard that it’s common to make a donation to the church if you have a religious officiant.
Post # 5
I don’t think you do percentages for things like DJ, photographers, etc. Like you said, that can add up REAL quick!
My tentative plan is:
Photographer and assistant $50 each
Photo Booth attendant $25-50 ? We’ll see on the night what he or she is actually doing (helping, or just stand by in case there’s an issue?)
Day of Coordinator (as part of the reception package): $50?
Post # 6
Hello Bee, I wanted to follow this as I am curious about the pastor as well. Originally on the churchs website (not my home church as I am not getting married there) it stated there was a $500 fee for using the church, which I though not bad its like a donation. But they just recently update their website to say that on top of the $500 “The suggested honorarium for the minister is $300”. I am having a hard time swallowing this one but dont want to be cheap or rude.. Let us know how you end up tipping!