(Closed) how much?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I would say a few hundred dollars with a nice thank you card would be sufficient. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

agreed

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would say a hundred maybe with a nice thank you card, I kind of think its pushing it for warming up food and lighting candles but thats just me

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

I would do $100 and a nice bottle of wine or a gift card for a nice dinner or something like that.  It just depends on if the coworker is doing you a “favor” or “working” for you.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, I was thinking more in the $100 range as well, and maybe a gift card.  That’s enough that she and a date could go out for a dinner that they don’t have to work at.

ETA: I mean a gift card rather than cash, not $100 AND a gift card.  Unless you’ve specifically worked out that you’re “hired” her, I think it’s kind of weird to give a friend cash for a favour. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@hotwings: I agree! I make around $35 an hour if you were to divide my salary out, so I think $100 is reasonable. I think several hundred is too high unless you’re having planning meetings to go over things with her (which adds to the overall hours she is spending working for your event)

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hmm… I’m rethinking… even $100 kind of seems like a lot.  Couple questions for clarification:

1) What are you planning to spend on your bridesmaid/groomsmen gifts?  Presumably, they’ll be helping you more than she will over the course of planning and on the day.

2) Is this a friend that would be attending the wedding anyway and is just going to do a couple favours while she’s there, or someone you’re specifically hiring as a semi-DOC of sorts?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would do $100 cash and a heartfelt thank-you card. Even though she is a friend from work, she isn’t really a “friendor” in that she probably wouldn’t be a guest at the wedding if she hadn’t offered/agreed to help you with this, so I think she should be compensated for her work. I think about $35/hr is a reasonable price for what she is doing.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Personally, I think $100 is on the low end. I think that you may be underestimating the time/effort and coordination it will take. Then again, I don’t know how many people are at your dinner/reception. I only say this because things always end of being more time/effort than we expect. I would definitely be a bit more generous, just my opinion.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Warming some food and lighting some candles might sound easy but I’ve done something similar and making sure the right food gets heated at the right time, doesn’t burn, and that the buffet table is always fully stocked and empty dishes get removed is actually pretty stressful. But it all depends on how many guests you have, if it’s a smaller number it shouldn’t be too much work.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@cllyons: The reason I asked what you were getting your bridal party, was more along the lines that a bridesmaid typically does more than the couple chores you mentioned.  I think if you’re getting them a $20 gift certificate (as an example), it would be odd to give this other person that’s just doing a couple things for you $100 bucks. 

Honestly, if I were you, I’d probably “hire” somebody for like 15 bucks an hour and get off cheaper than this “favour”.

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