Post # 1
We’ve got our engagement photos coming up. In America, I know it’s customary to tip whoever provides you a service in a wedding. We’ve got two shooters doing our e-pic session and they are both from England. In England I know they tip for salon services, sometimes at restaurants (seemed to be a topic of debate when we were over there at Christmas), and other various services but tipping is not as intense as it is in America. We live in Japan and we just flat out don’t tip here.
So I’m an American girl with an English fiance, having our engagement photos taken by English photographers, living in Japan. Am I supposed to tip?
Post # 3
Wow, thats a complicated situation! I’m inclined to say you don’t need to tip and here’s why: it sounds like America is the highest tipping culture of the three you are dealing with…but from what I’ve read, its actually not customary to tip your photographer here in the US. I’ve done a lot of research and it seems that especially if your photographer is the owner of the studio, etiquette does not require you to tip them (though you can if you really want to.) Since American custom doesn’t require it, and English/Japanese customs are even less inclined to tip, I’d say you’re probably fine not tipping.
Post # 4
For all your vendors: Check the contracts to make sure that the gratuity is not included. Our rule is that we are tipping only those who provide exceptional service and who are essentially employees of someone else. So, not the photographer (because he owns his own studio and we are spending a huge chunk of change with him). But yes to the musicians, the make up and hair stylists, and the person operating the coat check. Our gratuity for wait staff and bartenders is part of our contract.
Post # 5
I know that we aren’t planning on tipping. At all. Just getting them their own meals or letting them eat whatever they want at the reception.
We plan on finding out what they want to eat. And getting it for them, along with thank you notes. We definitely don’t have the extra money to be tipping.
Post # 6
Thanks for the responses ladies! Based on what you’ve said and what we’ve discussed this past week we have decided not to tip. Cheers!