(Closed) Do you tip the calligrapher???

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I didn’t use a calligrapher, but calligraphers offer a service, and technically you should tip anyone who offers you a service. The general rule of thumb is 15% for good service or 20% for excellent service.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

no. You do not tip everyone who performs a service. If they set their own rates, own their business, then their profit lies in their rates. No tip neccessary or expected.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

sparklesalways:  Good point about owning their own business. I agree, if they are the business owner, no tip is necessary.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

FutureWifey2016:  My Mother-In-Law is a calligrapher and doesn’t typically get tips for her invititation work. During the holidays she’ll sometimes get hired by high-end stores to customize ornaments for the customers, and while the customers don’t pay her for it they will sometimes tip her. I obviously didn’t have to pay for my wedding calligraphy but when she told me what she normally charges I nearly had a cow – that stuff is expensive! Beautiful and incredibly difficult to do well….but I would never have been able to afford it!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t think so–I think the best tip of all for a calligrapher is to sing their praises online and write them a nice review on their site. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve never understood tipping vendors, or really anyone other than a waitress, cabbie and bartenders. I don’t tip my hairdresser. She owns the salon and I pay to have my hair done. I didn’t tip my photographer, I paid for the service, etc.  And so on. I think tipping is out of control.

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