(Closed) Charity donation instead of gratuity tip?

posted 9 years ago in Money
  • poll: Would you make a donation to a charity on behalf of a vendor instead of tipping?
    Yes, they are very active in this charity so a donation on their behalf would be thoughtful/great : (2 votes)
    6 %
    No, give cash or a personal gift to the vendor directly : (32 votes)
    94 %
  • Post # 3
    1946 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    No.  Charity gifts are not appropriate for vendors.  Cash is appropriate.

    Post # 4
    1223 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    One, you don’t have to tip at all, you paid the vendor for their services. Tipping is totally at you and your husbands discretion. However if you decide to tip, I would send them a check with whatever you can afford to send. A donation to charity is normally done in place of actual favor type gifts to your wedding guest. Not your vendors.

    Post # 5
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Ahhhhh…. no! If you want to tip, tip in cash. They can donate it if they want.

    I have NEVER heard you should get a vendor a personal gift. If you have a close friend or family member take care of something (like make a cake, day of coordinate, etc), then you could get them a gift.

    What vendor are you thinking of? The only vendors I’m tipping are hair & makeup and then there’s built in gratuity for the bar/servers. I do not think you need to tip photographer & videographer.

    Post # 6
    1101 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

    Cash is more appropriate, because then if they decide they want to donate the money, they can. If they need the money for something else, then they can use it for something else.

    Post # 7
    3345 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    No.  you wouldn’t give your hairdresser or waiter a chariable donation for a tip.  

    Post # 8
    327 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Sorry but I’d be pretty upset if you donated my tip to a charity!!! All of my vendors got a 20% tip and yes it was expensive, but it was a cost that we planned on.

    Post # 10
    1947 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Unless the vendor has something on their website about donating to their charity of choice in lieu of gratuity, then absolutely tipping should be done in cash.  As another poster said, if they want to donate that money to the charity, that is their choice, but they could need it to pay their bills, or perhaps they use the money they are tipped for  going out to dinner or saving up towards a vacation.  

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