Post # 1
As my November Maui wedding comes closer, I have a few questions. I’m getting married at the White Orchid Beach House and I am getting a package ceremony and then adding on details to it for extra costs. The photographer is included in this package and I am curious- do I tip the photographer? Or do I let it be since I’m already paying for it through the overall costs? Do I tip the officiant? We are not having a typical reception, but we did reserve space at an oceanfront restaraunt called Pacific’O and we have set menu meals for everyone. The cost is $100 per person including tax and service charge. Does the service charge cover tipping or do I tip on top of that as well? Thanks in advances everyone!
Post # 2
lexie1114: We tipped all vendors (officiant — which is typically a donation to the house of worship and not kept if your officiant is a church member–, caterer, floral, photog, hair, makeup, baker, and DJ).
I don’t think whether or not it is included in a package would affect tip (in fact I would be inclined to say even more likely that a tip should happen in that instance), unless the package specifically indicates that a portion is already alloted to tip. Even on a cruise, for e.g., the package includes everything + a service charge, but you are still “supposed” to tip the service/wait staff, concierge, etc… You can always ask your venue if tip is included.
Post # 3
Service charges generally do not cover tip for the staff, unless it’s written in the contract that it does.
You generally tip anyone who does not own their own business. I would make a donation to your officiant’s affiliation.
Post # 4
lexie1114: Always make sure you tip your vendors directly. When you have a packaged deal and pay a service charge, that goes to the maim company and is then up to the manager to distribute. So your photographer and officiant may not receive as much as you would have liked for them to receive. When you leave it up to the service charge, it is the managers descretion how much they pay the subcontracted vendors.