(Closed) Tipping on free services (to build out portfolios)?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
28 posts

Tipping is generally expected for all vendors that provide a service not just the ones that doing it for free.  At most you want to tip an individual $150 but this will really depend on how large a part they played in your wedding (and of course budget).  Little things like you head waiter or bartender as well as cake delivery are on the lower end say $40-$50.  Again, tipping is usually reserved for employees of companies, not owners.

Usually photogs and planner are not tipped (as this is cover in their overall service fee)but in this case, I would certainly consider it.  Maybe instead of cash you could get them a nice dinner certificate or something similar?

Post # 4
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

It’s important to note that tips aren’t expected if your vendor is the owner of his/her business.

Post # 5
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think if they go above and beyond or do a great job that a tip would be a nice way of thanking them and showing your gratitude!

Post # 6
2889 posts
Sugar bee

To be honest, I would want to generously tip someone who is doing a service for free. I would think about what I would fairly pay for their service and tip them somewhere between 25% and 50% of that either in cash or a personal gift. For example, a family friend sang in church and wouldn not accept payment so we got her a gift certificate to a restaurant she enjoys.

That being said, I didn’t tip vendors. I didn’t even think about it until I saw a board discussing the topic after the fact. I guess because I did corporate events for 2 years and never tipped caterers or anything, it never occured to me to pay more than they asked me for. I know, my catering bill included 20% gratuity and everyone else gave me a quote and I paid it without question which seemed fair.

Post # 8
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Personally, I don’t believe in tipping. I believe that if you’re providing a service, any additional gratituty that you’re expecting should be included in your quote.

With that being said, I would only tip a vendor if they went above and beyond their services. If they were free, I would find a way to give them something.

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