Post # 1
I`m a little clueless when it comes to this part of wedding planning. I know in the US its customary to tip vendors, is this expected in Canada as well? I am on the East coast, not a larger city like Toronto.
So Canadian bees…did you tip your vendors? If so, were there any exceptions? And is the tip calculated as a percentage of the total cost?
Thanks in advance for the help!
Post # 3
@SoonTooBee: I’ve been wondering this too! I hope someone can clear this up for us both!
Post # 4
The only people I can think of that were tipped was the reception venue (included in the price) and the limo driver. Maybe the DJ?
Post # 5
I actually JUST asked my wedidng planner today. She told me the only person would be a Limo driver or our hair dresser if we were getting it done at a salon UNLESS we really really really wanted to but it would not be expected. Our venue has gratuity included as well so not them.
Post # 6
I was wondering this too! When my dad found out that we’d have to tip vendors…let’s just say he wasn’t pleased and said that he’d refuse to give people extra money for doing their job well which we’re paying them to do in the first place. But I think the venues here have tips built into the contracts, and probably many of the other vendors do as well. I guess I’ll see when I go and meet with vendors:/
But yeah, as Canadians it’s so hard to find wedding advice that isn’t US-centric as I know that we don’t always do things the same as in the US.
Post # 7
A typical rule of thumb is to tip service providers that aren’t the owners of their businesses. In my case the venue had a “service fee” tacked onto the cost of food/beverage so I didn’t tip on top of that. My photographer, DJ, baker, and hairdresser/makeup artist were all owner operated small businesses, but my hair dresser had to bring in an employee to help get the bridesmaid’s hair done, so I tipped the assistant. If you hired a large limo company that sent a driver, you might tip him/her.
We don’t have the same reduced wages for service workers that the US had, so most people are paid a fair wage to begin with.
Post # 8
@SapphireSun: I’m from BC too so I’m going to use your tips as a rule of thumb when planning my wedding. Thanks:)!
Post # 9
Not Canadian, but I’m from the UK, and agree with what @SapphireSun: said.
I would tip:
Wait-staff at the venue (tehnically included but we’ll probably tip on top)
Hairdresser/MUA (if I was having someone come from a salon ie not an independent hairdresser/MUA)
Everyone else we’re using runs their own business, and tipping could actually be considered insulting, as it just isn’t in our culture to tip everyone.
The only exception is that I’m toying with buying the women I’ve been dealing with at the ring company a small gift (maybe just a box of chocolates), as well of course as writing them excellent reviews on-line, to say thank you as I feel they went above and beyond with their service.
Post # 10
Great! This was all really helpful!
Post # 12
This is really helpful, thanks ladies!
Post # 13
It was my understanding if the person owns the business that you do not need to tip them, unless you do by choice, as they will be getting 100% revenue from the sale. There is a list somewhere. I tipped my photographer because she delivered our photos within a week so my in laws from England could see them And print them before they left. I tipped my marriage commissioner by choice as he was a friend’s dad who I had known a long time and they only make a minimal amount.