(Closed) Do we need to tip our DJ?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

I dunno… I’m feeling torn on that issue too. Our photographers are amazing and after the wedding they’ll have done 3 sessions with us (engagement pics, boudoir, and wedding), so I really want to tip them or give them some sort of a gift as a thank-you, but I will send it after we receive the pro pics from the wedding. I also want to tip our day-of coordinator, because she gave me a REALLY good deal and I never would’ve been able to afford a DOC otherwise, and she has been totally amazing.

The DJ, on the other hand, is someone we have had minimal communication with (basically just emailed him our signed contract) and we don’t have an emotional relationship with, so I don’t feel a need to tip him. I haven’t decided yet, though.

Here’s something I pinned awhile ago that may help:

tips for tipping

Post # 4
Member
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Does your DJ work for a company or is he self-employed?  Generally you don’t tip vendors who own their own business, so often photographers don’t get tipped and a DJ who doesn’t work for someone else also wouldn’t get tipped.

Post # 5
Member
761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We tipped our photographer and DJ, hair and make-up artists.  Beyond that, we didn’t tip anyone else. 

Post # 6
Member
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I will not be tipping the DJ.

The only people I will be tipping are our hair & makeup people at the salon and then the built-in gratuity for the servers/catering/bar.

Post # 8
Member
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Generally, you only tip employees of the vendors, and not the owners of the company themselves.  So, for example, we were originally supposed to have the owner of our DJ company play at our wedding, so we hadn’t factored in a tip for him.  He cancelled at the last minute, and we ended up tipping his replacement, an employee. 

Ultimately, it really depends on how much you like their services.  If you’re super impressed, go ahead and tip whoever you want!

Post # 9
Member
986 posts
Busy bee

I’m tipping our DJ based on the fact that when I interned at a wedding venue, I worked with him for probably 90% of those weddings. Because of that we got a small percentage off, and I just like the guy. So I’m tipping him or getting him some sort of gift.

Post # 11
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64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Since the DJ works for himself, I don’t think you need to tip. We tipped our DJ but she was a contractor for the company we contracted with. And, she did an AMAZING job.

How I handled tips for our wedding was I put cash in envelopes for each vendor who I thought we needed to tip, with estimated tip amounts. I then gave these envelopes plus some extra cash to one of my friends before the reception. I told her that she had the discretion to add cash to any of the vendors’ envelopes if they did an especially amazing job. This worked really well and I highly recommend that anyone else getting married does this if you have a friend who you can entrust with this task. It made it a lot less stressful for me and my husband!

Post # 14
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8472 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

We didn’t. 

Post # 15
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48 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My fiance is a DJ and there have been very few times he has received a tip. A lot of times that he has gotten one, the father of the bride or groom hands him a tip at the end of the night.

I might just feel that you should tip a dj because fiance is one, but I feel that he puts so much more effort into the reception than a lot of the other vendors (may not be true with all djs though).  He meets with the bride and groom as many times as they want to discuss things, prints out or emails guest requests if wanted, then prints out copies of the entire nights schedule for all of the other vendors. He checks with the photographers who are usually sitting down eating to make sure they’re ready for the cake cutting or the bouquet toss. So to me, he may go above and beyond the typical “play music” dj, and I feel that as many people who come up to him after the events and say ‘wow, awesome job, best dj ever’ you’d think they’d give him a little something extra! (he doesn’t charge a lot to begin with) Oh, and usually he doesn’t even have time to eat, even if the couple has a meal for him, and he’s there hours before and after the reception setting up and tearing down… so even a $25 tip helps pay for his dinner on the way home at midnight!

So my opinion is that if they provided awesome music, kept the party going, and went above and beyond, they deserve a tip!

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