(Closed) Tipping the vendors when they own the business?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@UpstateCait: I have always read that you do not have to tip when the vendor is their own company. I am not planning on tipping my photographer or my DJ because like you said, they are not working with a middle man, they are pocketing everything.

Post # 4
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve heard you don’t need to tip them since they set the prices.  We tipped a couple of them though, since they were personal friends who own their own businesses

Post # 5
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve also heard it isn’t necessary to tip business owners. I wasn’t planning on tipping – they’re getting enough of my money already. 🙂

Post # 6
5763 posts
Bee Keeper

Supposedly you don’t need to tip the owners, but I think it depends on how much they do for you both on the day and leading up to it.

Our caterer also owns a restaurant, so they not only prepared an amazing tasting with enough food to feed a dozen people, but every time we stopped by to talk about anything we wanted or needed changed, they fed us! Didn’t matter if it was breakfast, lunch or dinner time, they always picked up the check. There were some issues on wedding day, but their promptness in responding and finding things we needed  throughout the year of planning, made us WANT to tip them.

I certainly think many wedding vendors never expect it, but I’ll bet none would refuse it if offered! I think you should do what you want to do but only if you’re comfortable doing it,and not because you feel like you should.

Post # 7
394 posts
Helper bee

Tipping is never necessary, but always appreciated. Do not feel that you must tip your venders if they do a sub par job, but feel free to tip any vendor that you feel went above and beyond. 

As I always tell my clients, the best “tips” are referrals and purchasing high quality products from me to display my work to their fullest potential. Anything else is extra. I have received hand written notes and small gifts with a personal touch from the couple… these are always the best (in my opinion). 

Post # 8
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@UpstateCait: I wouldnt tip. the services are high enough as they are.

Post # 9
14497 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

On the same note, most makeup artiest and hair stylist I came across also jsut do their own business, but everyone says you have to tip them.  Is that true and why the disconnect there if so?

Post # 10
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve read that it’s okay to not tip vendors if they own their own business, but my friend is a wedding photographer and he finds it very irritating when people haggle his prices and then don’t tip at the end of the day. It makes him feel bitter and less motivated to go above and beyond his job. Soooooo if you want to get on your vendor’s good side tipping is always a good way to butter them up =)

Post # 11
29 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

@UpstateCait: Thank you so much for bringing this topic up!  I’m very curious as well, and I’m glad someone else has the same questions.  THank you!

Post # 12
830 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My photographer, DJ and florist all work for themselves. I didn’t tip them. However I did arrange a room at our venue for the photographer at no cost to her. It was a 4-5 hr drive so I think she appreciated she didn’t have to pay for a hotel. I did tip a teenage boy who works for the venue $40. They had a no show that day so this poor kid worked his ass off for like 12 hr. He really went above and beyond and was just so sweet. He was so shocked when I tipped him and it made me feel good to do that.

Post # 13
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I only tip people who actually live off of tips. Bartenders, servers, delivery people, ect.

Too many people expect tips nowadays.

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