(Closed) I need tipping help! I think im being too cheap!

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My sister had a husband wife team for their photos n vid. Im pretty sure she tipped the guy that they brought in to help with the video!! And i think a 50 tip and a thank you card for the dj n day of coordinator is plenty generous! Maybe 100 for the day of planner but to me 50$ tip is pretty good if im djing lol

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Post # 3
6515 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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1234sophia:  Its a small wedding, so I would think this is ok? If you want to give more, maybe $75 if you can swing it

My DJ had a 3 person crew, and we had a large wedding (167 people) so we gave them $300 to split between them)

My 2 photographers and 1 videographer got $100 each, they were with us for 10 hours. <br />They also got a meal at the venue

Post # 4
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I used the knot’s tipping guide- we were going to top the photographer and hair/makeup artist $50, and each musician $40. So I hope you’re not bring cheap- if you are, so am i! Can’t answer your questions myself, but if yoI haven’t yrt, check out the guide on the knot. It helped me!

Post # 5
3584 posts
Sugar bee

The only tipping that i will be doing is for the bartender and the HMU. The venue said that my package includes all gratuity so I wouldn’t really know about the DJ or photography. Im thinking for 6 girls HMU i should tip like 25 a person?  Idk if thats enough because i will also be tipping her for the trial run. The bartender will have a tip jar and since i am doing an open bar and no one is paying for anything they can all tip the bartender. Most places will leave the tip jar out and i guess they have to make a certain percentage or they will charge. Some places will even put it in the contract which is fine because the bartender has to get paid too lol

Post # 6
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We tipped 20% grat for our event staff in cash (worked out to about $20 or $25 per server), $100 or $150 to our DOC and photographer. It probably varies a lot based on what you are paying for their services to begin with. 

Although I always fall back on standard 20% tips, I cannot imagine tipping that for, say, a 10k photographer. I could be wrong…

Post # 7
2445 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t think that’s too cheap. You give what you can and it’s the thought that counts. 

We went against etiquette and tipped our photo/video guys because they really went above and beyond for us. When they found out our photo booth vendor was a no show, they set one up for us and we got some of my favorite pictures from that. They also brought their wives to help out and it honestly felt like being with family (and we had never met any of them in person until the day before the wedding!). So we went off how we felt.

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