(Closed) Do we have to tip the vendors?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It’s customary to tip vendors that don’t own their own business. For example, the DJ, caterer (if service charges aren’t already included in your final bill), officiant, photographer, limo driver, etc. are often vendors that are usually tipped. However, if they own their own company, a tip isn’t necessary, but a thank you note and/or small gift of appreciation if they a great job is nice.

Florists and cake bakers are often not tipped because you pay delivery fees to have them bring everything to the venue.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What if your photographer owns her own business?

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Only if they go above and beyond your expectations.  Check the contracts you have with them. Most often some kind of gratuity or service fee is already included.  Tips are personal expressions of appreciation for a job well done.  A tip is always optional. If you are happy with the service, if they did more than you expected, or if you feel it is important, then by all means give a tip. However, tips are never mandatory.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@krazeekat: If the photographer own their own business, no tip is necessary. However, if they bring a second shooter, it would be good to tip them. Second shooters are often paid a lot less than the main photographer, unless they’re also part of the company (i.e. a husband and wife team).

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