(Closed) Tipping

posted 13 years ago in Money
Post # 3
39 posts

i was wondering the same.  this is what i’ve been told so far though…

most vendors, tip them 15-20%…although at the same time, it should not exceed $100.  i’d only give 20% if they were exceptional though but i think 15% is minimum.

for example: you can split the 15% between as many photogs as you hire.  You can give the head photog more and distribute evenly amongst the photog assistants.

the ones that do NOT require tipping are those who are freelance.  because the price that they quote you basically all goes back to them.  whereas if there is somebody that works for a company, they only get a portion of what you pay the vendor.  therefore, it is appropriate to tip them.

catering hall…some include gratuity in their cost (per head), but others don’t.  it is best to find this out so you don’t under or overpay.

i guess the main ppl you’d tip:  caterers and catering staff (if need be), musicians (if you hire professionals…but they usually expect 20%), make-up artists & hair stylists, limo driver, etc.  

i hope that helps!

Post # 4
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

what if the makeup artist owns her own company, but is bringing along a couple assistants?

Post # 5
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

@vee, it would probably be rude to tip the assistants but not the main makeup artist (plus how would you convey this? give money surreptitously to assitants and hope main girl doesn’t notice?). A makeup artist who owns her own business qualifies as a freelancer I think, though, so depending on the level of service you receive I would tip them all or none of them.

Post # 6
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

What do you tip the hotel people, the events manager who is coordinating setup and the sales manager that’s been helping with booking rooms for the relatives? 10% would be huge given we’re spending over $10,000.

Post # 7
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

<span class=”postby”>I’ve never heard the rule that the tip doesn’t have to exceed $100 before, but I would love it if it’s true. For example, I’ve been wondering if its expected that we should tip our photographer 15-20% on top of the $5,000 bill?  That’s a lot of money.

Post # 8
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

yeah, and what about our $6k food bill? do i pay the catering company an extra $1k when i’m already paying $30/hour per server??

Post # 9
32 posts

Because all my vendors I"m using own their own business I’m not tipping except for my hair and makeup person 20%. My reception already charges a 18% "Service Charge" on top of the final bill with sales tax so that in my opinion takes care of the tipping.

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