Did you tip?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1296 posts
Bumble bee

I worked with an independent seamstress so I did not tip. Not sure if it’s different for a seamstress from a place like David’s Bridal.

Post # 3
3884 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Well I live in Australia so I definitely don’t tip!

My understanding of tipping in the US is that it is required in order for people to make a decent wage – e.g. servers on minimum wage literally don’t make a liveable amount without tips. But $900 for alterations is already a lot, surely they don’t require a tip on top of that?? But then, I don’t live in a tipping country so don’t take my word for it!

Post # 4
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I did not. Now I’m horrified that maybe that was a faux pas. >.>

Post # 5
3300 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I didn’t. Now I’m wondering if I should have.

Post # 6
9736 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I did not. I worked with an independent seamstress who just did alterations out of her home. I’ve always been told you don’t need to tip if you are working with the owner of the business.

ETA: I really hate tipping culture. Just charge me what your services are worth and let’s be done with it.

Post # 8
1726 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

No… I never have even thought of this. I paid enough for my alterations. But I don’t live in the US so don’t have the same tipping culture. 

Post # 9
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: St. petersburg, FL

No – I live in the US so i’m familiar with how weird it is to figure out if you should tip or not tip.

I’m not engaged or anything, so I haven’t been in this situation, but in that situation I would not tip, and it would be wierd if you did. Think about it – they gave you the price of their work, so that is what you pay plus any tax. Think of them like an independent contractor – you agreed on the project, price, and they completed it, so they get paid. Tips aren’t required, you are fine! Just my 2 cents!

Post # 10
783 posts
Busy bee

I haven’t done my wedding stuff yet but I regularly get alterations for my street clothes (I’m very short) and I never tip. I’ve been using the same seamstress for years. Doesn’t seem like a thing!

Post # 11
86 posts
Worker bee

I don’t think tipping is necessary, it might be a little awkward if its not something commonly done

Post # 12
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I have never tipped a seamstress. I’m getting my dress altered at David’s Bridal and while I think they do a good job they are over priced and I couldn’t imagine spending any more than I already am. I don’t think that people commonly do this so it’s not expected. 

Post # 13
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Nope, no tip from me haha. I didn’t even think of it like the other bees.

Post # 15
613 posts
Busy bee

I just paid for my alterations recently and I did not tip.

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