(Closed) Do our tips look appropriate?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For the bar & waitstaff, are you sure their tips are not included in the fee you’re paying through the venue/catering?

Most places automatically calculate gratuities on. I’d check with them to be sure. Typically, where I live, food service gratuity is at least 15% of the bill’s total.


& having a tip jar for the bar is just a given. I wouldn’t suggest to them they need to remove it. Bar and waitstaff typically rely on tips as part of their wage…simply giving them $30-50 as a tip is not going to cut it.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  urchin.
Post # 2
5779 posts
Bee Keeper

I personally think that the key people who can make or break your event, are the ones who deserve a tip, owners or not. Those would be the photographer & videographer, DJ, servers, bartenders and events manager, and anyone else who goes above and beyond for you that day.

I’d also not send a box of salt water taffy in the summer. It will be a melted mess by the time it travels.

Post # 5
1245 posts
Bumble bee

StL.Ashley:  day of coordinator (works for a small company but doesn’t own it) – $200 after the wedding (fee is $2500)

This one I wouldn’t… but that’s just me.

As for servers, I’ve done events like that and to be honest, if I worked somewehre else for the night i could potentially make more money so the aditional $30-50 would be appreciated if I were awesome (which I am haha) 🙂

Post # 6
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Looks good to me! I am doing almost exactly the same. This is my breakdown !

coordinator – $400 – He is running my rehearsal too.  

videographers work for a company so – $50 each 

photog – owns business so nothing

dj – owns business so nothing

hair/makeup – 20% 

waitstaff – $30 each

bartenders – $25 each (bc they get tips through the night too)

floral assistant – $10 

i also plan on sending everyone a thank you after the wedding! 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  bootsky.

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