(Closed) Tipping

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@RunningGal:  If the vendor is the actual business owner, then tipping is not customary.  If they are working for someone else, then tipping is customary.

If your officiant already has an offciating fee, then tipping is not customary. 

Post # 4
1609 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

1.  The time to see if a venue includes tip in contract is BEFORE you sign.  After you sign, they have no,nada.zilch motivation to say anything other than oh, that service fee is not a tip.  BEFORE you sign, ask what any service fees are for.

2.  Business owners do not get tipped.  If they do a nice job, write them a very nice letter that they can use in advertising etc.

3.  Officiants — some ask for “donations”, which is fine, but that is same as fee. Donation may be tax deductible, so some places do that.  If you are paying to use Church or Temple, ask BEFORE you sign, does that include officiant fee (altough I think they will be more honest than venue).

Post # 5
49 posts

We’re not planning on tipping anyone, really. It’s included in our venue and catering contract already. And all of our other vendors work for themselves. Our officiant has a regular fee that we’re paying and I don’t know how I feel about tipping a minister on top of that. Maybe I’m just cheap though lol.

Post # 6
1609 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013



I think you are doing it right, but if they do a good job, I do think you should write them a letter.

Post # 7
9570 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t know if I will tip anyone…I assumed maybe the makeup/hair lady, but she does own her own business.  Maybe my DJ since he is part of a company (but it is only 2 people in the business, but his name isn’t “on” the business).  I don’t know who else I would tip.  A lot of catering places include a 18-20% service charge in their contracts so I believe that is the tip…right?  I believe all of my vendors pretty much own the business.

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