Post # 1
This poll was inspired by the tip jar thread. I am usually super conscious about tipping, but I never tip the bartender at weddings. I have very rarely seen a tip jar at a wedding with an open bar, and I know we are tipping the bartenders who will be serving at our wedding, so I would never think that our guests would also do so. Am I wrong? Do most of you tip at weddings?
Post # 3
I always tip the bartender at weddings. I have never been to a cash bar wedding (it’s just not done here). I do not tip every single time I visit the bar, but definitely the first few times.
Post # 4
I will tip if there’s a tip jar, because that generally means the bartender has accepted a lower payrate in exchange for putting out a tip jar. Otherwise, no, I probably wouldn’t tip unless I felt that the bartender went out of his/her way for me and/or did an exceptional job.
Post # 5
I don’t as I’ve always assumed that’s the couple’s responsibility. Generally at the weddings I’ve attended, bartenders don’t even have tip jars set up. At my wedding, I tipped the bartender and made sure they didn’t put out a tip jar so my guests didn’t feel obligated to tip.
Post # 6
I’m shocked to hear that people don’t tip! If someone is serving me, wedding or not, I always tip. At weddings, however, I usually drop a lump sum in the beginning of the night so I don’t have to keep digging for money.
Post # 7
I do, no matter whether it’s a cash bar or hosted bar – even if there’s no jar, I’ll probably leave a dollar on the bar unless they specifically say they can’t accept tips. I can cough up a dollar per drink, and even if they end up getting tipped by the host after the wedding, so be it, they have some extra cash.
Post # 8
At a hosted bar the tips should be covered by the hosts, rather then the guests, otherwise it amount to the same as charging your guests. The tipping is a part of hosting.
Post # 9
I don’t tip at open bars because I figure that the bride/groom are paying for the service. However, if there was a tip jar, I would definitely tip.
Post # 10
I don’t tip because I thought usually the bride and groom tip at the end of the night. Technically they are providing the service to the bride and groom.
Post # 11
I ALWAYS offer a tip, but I have been to a few events where the bartender has said “Not necessary, it’s covered. But thanks!” I do offer though, yes. Kind of like how for example some Starbucks gladly accept tips for drinks, but then others (like the ones inside Target stores) can’t accept them. It depends.
Post # 12
I always offer a tip – it’s up to the bartender whether or not to accept.
Post # 13
For open bars we typically tip $20 with our very first round to make sure we get attention as the night goes on 😉
If it’s a cash bar, we’d tip every single drink we got.
Post # 14
I used to bartend at weddings and I was always paid hourly (I was hired through the bartending school I attended). However, it was very common for people to tip in addition to that. I say if there’s a tip jar, then tip. If not, don’t worry about it.
Post # 15
I tip only at a cash bar because I assume the bride and groom have not taken care of the tip. If it’s an open bar, it’s pressumed that the hosts have covered the tip themselves so I dont’ tip.
Post # 16
I always tip, but have had tips refused at some weddings (but not all).