Post # 1
So bees, I have an interesting dilemma!
I had my makeup trial on the same day as my engagement photos. I had actually already booked my MUA before we even scheduled the trial (she’s popular and books up fast) so this was more of a test run than me trying her out. The trial went great, and I was thrilled with the results.
Well I’m sitting here on my couch browsing for wedding day hairstyles and jewelry and other accessories for my big day, and for some reason it dawns on me. I totally forgot to tip her!! It’s so unlike me! I usually always tip for beauty services, around 20%.
But here’s the interesting pickle, my engagement photos and makeup trial was 4 months ago…. Eeek! I don’t know how I didn’t think to tip day of, and why it took 4 months for me to think of it.
What should I do now? Immediately reach out and offer to send her a check for a tip? Wait until my wedding day and tip for day of services and the trial? Do nothing since it’s not that bad of a mistake? I don’t want her to think bad of me or think I was ungrateful for her work, because I was a very happy customer.
My makeup artist owns her own business, she’s a one woman show, so I’m not sure if that makes a difference!
Post # 2
I’d wait until your wedding day (assuming it’s not like a year out), and just tip her double.
Post # 3
I’ve always been told that you don’t tip people who own their own business. Tips are generally for employees of businesses.
Post # 4
OP Just be extra generous on your wedding day? Also raving yelp or Facebook reviews are helpful to get her future business as well.
sparkosity : I’m a business owner..I’ve never heard that you don’t tip a business owner. A tip is given for a job well done so why does it matter if I own the business or not?
I know some will argue that I decide the prices so I could just raise them or I give a lower cut to the employees but at the end of the day I pay to employ them and I pay taxes on all money that comes in so that logic doesn’t work.
Post # 5
tobeornottobe7 : tipping is used to prop up low wages by employers, which is why generally there is not the same culture of tipping business owners.
Post # 6
tobeornottobe7 : The rule of thumb is generally to not tip the business owner. If you google it, there are lots of articles that will come up and explain the various rationales for this.
OP – since a tip is a thank you for good service, you can, of course, leave a tip on your wedding day. If you feel guilty for not tipping for your trial, then this might be your best course of action, but I don’t think you committed any real faux pas here.
Post # 7
misspeony55 : you don’t need to tip business owners, so I vote do nothing. Do write her a review though. And a thank you card/email is also nice.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2019 - Southampton, UK
Just confirming what previous posters have said: you don’t tip the owners of the business. So you haven’t done anything wrong.
Post # 9
tobeornottobe7 : I have heard that you don’t tip business owners on this site over and over and also most of my google searches say the same thing. That being said, I think it’s an incredibly stupid practice.
I tip people because I like their service, not because they have low wages as one PP said. In that case, wouldn’t it be the norm to tip workers at fast food restaurants or even those who work in retail? I also hear the excuse that “the owner gets to set the price.” While this is true, you still need to have some kind of balance and set a price that is similar to prices in the area or you won’t have any customers so this sentiment isn’t exactly true.
I just don’t understand how you would tip someone who isn’t the owner for the exact same service and than not tip the next person just because they are the owner but I guess to each his own.
misspeony55 : I would just be extra generous when it comes time to pay for her services for your wedding.