Tipping for a wedding in the UK?

posted 5 months ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Nope. No expectation.

Although you can tip if you think they went above and beyond

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

Tipping is far less of an expected thing here in the UK. We tipped the bar staff, and if you’re having hair/makeup done you may want to tip the stylist too. I don’t recall tipping most of our other vendors, though some were part of a package with our venue.

To be honest, even if you don’t tip, it’s far less of a big deal than it is in the US.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Tipping isn’t the done thing in the uk, we have a minimum wage. You don’t need to tip any of your wedding vendors. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - UK

No, No tipping required.

 

The only people I tip in the UK are restaurant staff and Taxi drivers. And then around 10% -15% 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

I tipped my hair stylist and the bar staff but it’s definitely not expected. 10% would be fine if you decide to.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yeah, no tipping required. The vendors will quote you a price (hopefully +VAT) and that’s what you pay. 

I might round up a restaurant bill or a taxi fare but I don’t tend to tip anywhere else. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I didn’t tip anyone.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

zzar45 :  Not Wedding Related but so many restaurants now add the tip onto the bill anyway. Do you ask them to take it off? 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

EllyAnne :  I don’t ask them to take it off but it does piss me off.  If I tip it is usually in restaurants or taxis, I try to do it in cash so it goes to the staff, the 12.5% service charge many places add just goes straight to the profit of the restaurant.  If it is going to overheads then don’t make it an ‘optional’ charge just add it to the overall cost! 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Agree tipping is not necessary for most wedding vendors, but a nice idea for stylists/bar staff. However I am a bit shocked by some other UK bees here saying you never or rarely tip! From my perspective, tipping around 10% is absolutely the done thing and the normal thing to do at a restaurant at the very least. We may have a minimum wage in this country for waitresses etc but it’s still significantly below the national living wage (ie the minimum amount someone working full time needs to earn to afford to live in this country) and tips are definitely still relied on in the service industry in this country.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I tipped (in a thank you card) each of the kitchen and wait staff £20 each and the coordinator and chef £150 each. That came to about 10% of our basic venue cost, but I preferred to do it in this more personal way.  I also left a couple of big tins of chocolates for on-the-day snacking. Our venue were magnificent – I’m sure unrelated to the tips! – for example we had an unexpected extra guest and they didn’t charge us for his meal, and our (just some daffodils) table flowers arrived dead so some venue staff went out on the morning of the morning of the wedding and bought us some more – again without charge.  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

We gave a tip to my hairdresser and a box of chocolates for my makeup artist. Thats it. Tips are not expected for wedding services in the UK. 

In general in the UK though 10% at nice restaurants (unless its already added on bill) and maybe hairdressers. I used to round up for taxi drivers but only if they were nice. 

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