(Closed) Tipping (especially when service charge is included in price)???

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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  • Wedding: March 2008

Here would be my thoughts based on the info you gave:

 Venue: NO Not with a 22% service fee (standard is 18% so definitly nothing extra, since that rate is WAY high) MAYBE (big Maybe) if the DOC at the venue is absolutly amazing then a small tip for her.

Photog – no since it is her own business

Florist – not necessary esp. again if she owns her own business

Officiant – maybe but not a must, esp. if you are providing him a meal as well.

Musicians – hmm depends on what you are having.  I would say for a harpist or string quartet or something like that a small tip might be in order if the music is really great. Probably 10-25 pp.  For the DJ – again if the guy is through a company then yes a small tip or 25-100 dollars is nice but if it is the owner of the business then no tip needed.

 Cake – No

Hair/Makeup – YES, tip just as if you were going to have your hair done normally.  My hair was 45 and I tipped 15.

 

Post # 4
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just a comment on the venue.  our venue was similar to yours.  we did the ceremony and reception at the same place and they charged us a 22% service fee.  however, we were specifically told to tip our maitre’d.  and the rule of thumb we were given was $2-5 per person.  i asked around and found this to be the norm in the area i had my wedding.  the explanation i received is that the 22% service fee is used to tip the wait staff, the valet parking guys, the set up people, etc but NOT the maitre’d.  he was essentially our point person for the wedding and helped us with menu selections and ran the wedding for us so we didn’t mind but honestly would not have known to tip him if we weren’t told about it.

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