(Closed) Tip the calligrapher?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Tip the calligrapher?
    Yes : (2 votes)
    29 %
    No : (5 votes)
    71 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I personally wouldn’t unless she went above and beyond for you (e.g. stellar customer service – exchanging a ton of emails back and forth – or providing extra services for free). Since she owns her own business, she gets to keep everything she makes. The theory behind tipping vendors would be that they are employees and thus, make an hourly/daily rate with the owner/business pocketing the rest. IMO, it’s like tipping an Etsy seller that also does this on the side.

    If she is trying to build her portfolio/client base, consider giving her photographers of the finished product that is taken by your professional photographer. I’m sure that would be greatly appreciated.

    Post # 5
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It’s up to you whether or not to tip her if you think her services were above and beyond, then you should. I would caution tipping before you check all your envelopes for mistakes though…and make sure that if there are any that are incorrect that she will redo them free of charge.

    Post # 6
    147 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    As an artist, I try to give competitive prices. Therefore, I may not be earning as much as some people may expect. Ink and pens for calligraphy can get pricey, not to mention the time that goes into it. So I would not be opposed to saying YES for leaving a tip! Especially if she was like lilbluebird said, exceptional work, quick to respond, etc. 

    I think the 10% tip you are thinking about giving her would be reasonable.

    Post a pic of the envelope when you get a chance!! I would looove to have a calligrapher write mine. 

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