Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out what/if to tip my photographer. I have read that you don’t tip if they own the business, but do if they are working under someone else.
What if technically a mother owns the business but the daughter will be our photographer? Somehow I don’t see the mom taking a huge cut but I guess I don’t really know for sure. If you would tip, how much? If it helps, we are paying $1250.
Thanks for any tips.
Completely unrelated, my bachelorette party is tonight and I’m SO excited! Had to say it, but doesn’t deserve it’s own post:)
Post # 4
My photographer owns her own business, so I won’t be tipping her (but have to say; I do live in the UK where tipping isn’t as much of a convention as it is in the US!). I will however provide her&her husband (who’ll both do our wedding) the same meals as the guests get…
The way I see it, if they work for a small photography business, the cuts the main person are going to take is smaller than they would be for a larger chain company, so tipping should be amended accordingly. I wouldn’t tip your photographer, especially on the day. If you get photos of exceptional quality, then give it another thought. You never know what the quality’s going to be until you actually see the drafts!
Post # 5
If she doesn’t own the business, a tip is nice. I’d say probably 10% of your price?
Before I started my own business, I worked under someone, and got tipped all the time. Average for a portrait session was $20-50, and average for a wedding was $100 (but that was back when wedding packages were only like $1200).
Post # 6
I’m a wedding coordinator. The best advice I can give you is only tip those who deserve it. It kills me when I see brides tipping vendors that didn’t go above and beyond to make their dream wedding a reality, they just show up, and do their job half-ass. It happens a lot, and brides don’t see that. Unfortunately, brides also might not get a chance to see when a vendor goes above and beyond, because of all the excitement and love in the air, which is understanable. If you have a wedding coordinator or planner, and they did an awesome job throught the entire process, definetly tip them first. They have the hardest job, and do the most work. As for tipping the photographer $100 bucks is reasonable, and they should be more than happy, even if you only give them $20. I agree with Selaen, about looking at the pictures first. Also, many brides and their families are broke by the time the wedding rolls around so vendors shouldn’t expect tips in my opinion. The best thing you could do for a vendor that is worth more than any tip, is give em a 5 STAR REVIEW on The Knot.com.
Post # 7
A positive review and a hand-written thank you note go along way. My photographer owns his business, so i will not be tipping; however, I did read that if you are happy with the services, a small gift is a good idea/nice touch in those cases. Not sure what i will be getting my photog, but I’d listen for clues for a favorite restaurant and maybe get a certificate there or a massage or even a gift basket.
Hope the bachelorette was fun!! 🙂