Post # 1
The woman I hired will be doing my hair and makeup (200) plus all 7 Bridesmaid or Best Man hair (65/each) and a few other makeup (like 3 at 40/each). Our bill will come out to around 700-800 for the day.
The woman owns her company and is the sole employee. The only work she does is weddings.
I’ve always heard that you aren’t supposed to tip the owner of a salon, but I’m not sure what the etiquette is here. It just seems like an extra 160 in tip (my normal 20%) is a whole lot for a few hours, especially if she keeps all the profit herself anyways. But of course, I don’t want to seem cheap!
So confused. Was anyone else in a similar situation where the person you hired owned her business? What did you do? Not tip? Tip less than normal? Normal?
Post # 3
I would tip a lot. that’s a lot of work for one chick. I’m a hairdresser tho I might be biased. 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
At a friends wedding she had the owner of a salon do all of our hair on the day of her wedding and we were told by the bride that it was just a flat rate of $40/pp and we didn’t need to worry about the tip.
It is a lot of work though and if it were me I’d probably still want to try and tip something extra.
Post # 5
@toothfairy910: I went back and forth on this for my own hair stylist. At the end of the day, I decided that since that’s a service that I would normally tip for, it was only fair to tip at the wedding. I mean, sometimes I get my hair cut by the woman who owns the salon I go to regularly, and I’ll still leave her a tip. I agree that $160 sounds high, but keep in mind that the range is 15-20%, and even then it’s discretionary. Tip whatever you feel comfortable with, but I would at least consider tipping something.
But for our photographer and videographer, since that’s not a typical ‘service’ industry, I didn’t tip above. I sent a box of nice chocolates with a thank you card after we received our product.
Hope this helps!
Post # 6
Definatly tip!! Maybe not the complete 160, but tip something. It will assure her she did a good job plus she has alot of expenses too.
Post # 7
I’m wondering about this too, the contract states that she “graciously” accepts tips but they’re not required. She owns the company and she’s only doing bridal makeup on me, should I tip?
Note: The balance will also include travel expenses.
Post # 8
@HisBride515: I would tip based on the services, excluding travel.
Post # 9
You should tip, especially if she is traveling to you.
Post # 10
@toothfairy910: A tip of $100 for $775 in service seems fine to me.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I personally don’t tip anyone who sets their own pay, especially for a level of service that meets our agreement. Above and beyond service, and if I feel I got a really great value/service ratio, then sure. But that’s just me…
I also always write positive reviews on Yelp, Angie’s List, and Wedding Wire when I deal with sole proprietors (unless the service sucks). I hope an increase in business is just as valuable to them (I know I always hire based on online reviews, at least)
Post # 13
I have gone back and forth on this. A wise bee in another thread said that wedding prices are jacked anyway, plus we pay for travel, and the owner keeps all the money and can set her own price.
I entirely do not think it is necessary. Having said that, I probably will anyway because I will feel needlessly guilty. The whole wedding process is so tedious and annoying!