Post # 1
I’m sure these questions has been asked by others out there. However, here’s my dilemma:
1. My photographer is the owner of his own business. Should I tip on top of his rate?
2. My florist is the owner of her own business. She charged $50 delivery. She’s delivering it herself. Should I still tip her?
3. My DJ is the owner of her own business. Do I need to tip her?
4. My ceremony musicians are students at a music school. They’re charging me $100 per person. Do I need to tip them?
5. My make-up artist is also the owner of her own business. She’s coming to my hotel to do my make-up and only my make-up. Should I be tipping her as well?
Post # 3
I can only answer #4, but I’d say it depends on how extensive your involvement has been. Are they playing prelude and/or postlude music in addition to the actual ceremony? Did you ask them to find specific music they didn’t have? Did you meet with them beforehand free of charge to talk about the music? Did you exchange more than 2 or 3 emails with the "point person" about details? Is your ceremony very long? Do they have to drive rather than take the T? If any of these is true, I would tip them $15-20 per person. Also, $100 for Boston – even for students – is a great deal. When I was in school there a few years ago (at New England Conservatory), the school’s suggested rate was $125 per person for the first hour and $100 for subsequent hours. I upped it to $150/$125 when I finished school, but honestly students *may* take your wedding more seriously and play better than professionals… and I say this as a professional! HTH.
Post # 4
I THOUGHT the rule of thumb was that if the vendor is the owner of the company, then no gratuity, but make sure you send a nice thank you note. Maybe even a "token" of your appreciation, like a bottleof wine or a Starbucks gift card or something. So for #1, 2, 3, & 5 – the answer would be no. I’m not sure on #4.
Post # 5
My ceremony musicians are only playing the processional and recessional.
I did request a special song to be played for the processional.
They are both coming in one car, and I’m paying for their parking.
I will probably tip them! 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 6
I would personally do:
2) No – (if she has an assistant helping her deliver, then tip him/her)
3) Yes (assuming she did a good job and adhered to your do not play/must play list)
5) Yes – 15-20% just like you would if you went to the salon.