(Closed) Do you tip your vendors?

posted 6 years ago in Money
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I am wondering the same thing! I am leaning towards yes, but I’m trying to determine how much…

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Look at your receipt Gratuties was probably already inclued in your price

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

If there was a “gratuity” fee built into your contracts, you don’t have to tip on top of that. Otherwise you should tip anyone who put substantial effort into the wedding- I don’t think answering questions really counts.  I think standard is around 15-20% like most things 

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Busy bee

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kitty_cupcake:  The ‘standard’ answer is you don’t tip anyone who owns their own company, and you do tip people who work for someone else.

Traditionally, you should pay 15-20% on your bill for whatever it is. If it’s something like the sales manager, maybe $50-100?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Our caterer included gratuity in his price, we tipped the makeup and hair ladies 30%, and everyone else was the owner of their business, so we didn’t tip them. Oh, except our DJ. He absolutely sucked and didn’t deserve the money we paid him, much less a tip. But otherwise we would have tipped him 20%. We actually had the check written out in an envelope for him and shredded it halfway through the night hah!

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Newbee

For your bartenders, make sure they are actually getting some of the included gratuity. I used to do some wedding bartending and hardly ever got tips because the bride and groom thought we got some of the gratuity they paid the venue. 

I dealt with demanding guests who would get really upset about limitations beyond my control (I couldn’t do shots and didnt have the materials to make everything), set up the bar and glassware, and broke down the bar and hauled everything away. It was hard work and only 10.50 an hour. The few times the couple actually made the effort of finding out whether or not we received any tips so that they could tip is really meant a lot. 

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