Post # 1
I’ve been reading up on tipping to make sure that we don’t miss anyone. It seems the popular opinion is that if the vendor owns their own business then you don’t typically tip or you tip if they went above and beyond. Most of the things I looked at suggested a flat ($100-$200) tip if you do decide to tip as opposed to a percentage. Both our photographer and videographer own their own business so I’m not sure what do.
Any independent photographers out there- how often do you receive tips?
1) did you tip your independent vendors?
2) did they go above and beyond or did you just decide to tip them?
3) did you tip based on percentage or just a flat tip?
4) did you tip at the end of your wedding or when you got your pictures? I’m curious if people wait to see how the pictures turn out before tipping.
Post # 3
good question! i’m wondering the same.
Post # 4
I gave a tip to all of my vendors even though the majority of them owned the business. I felt they did an amazing job and deserved the tip. Plus, I never really understood the concept of not tipping someone for a job well done just because they owned the business. We also had quite a few friend/vendor-professionals who gave us great deals. I didn’t want them to lose money on our wedding, so I gave them a tip.
I gave flat tips to each vendor but did take the total bill into account when deciding on the amount. Every vendor received a little thank you card and envelope at the end of the wedding containing the tip. The only exception was for our wedding planners. I waited on theirs because I wanted to get each of them something on our honeymoon in addition to their tip.
Post # 5
I tipped my photographer even though she owns her own business. I gave her $150 and she ended up adding pages to my album. I think it was probably because I tipped her.
Post # 6
@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina: I agree that the concept is weird. I didn’t really understand the concept behind it (they set their own prices). I was already leaning towards tipping them as I already have their tips budgeted out. I just wanted to ensure it’s not really strange or something. I guess if they do find out strange they will still appreciate the gesture.