(Closed) 2016 Tip etiquette for vendors?

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
1632 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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 # 4
421 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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
1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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: 
Bartender $100/each
DJ $50
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
678 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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!

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