Tipping Vendors [Owners]

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

If someone is performing the service, and well at that, I would consider tipping. The DJ that we hired for our wedding is actually the owner of his company, but he will be workig our wedding. I have every intention of tipping him as long as his services are performed. Just because he’s the owner doesn’t mean that he doesn’t deserve the tip for performing the duty!

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I’m not going to lie…it didn’t occur to me to tip my vendors :-s

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ll be honest, I’m not a big tipper. I think tipping should be reserved for people who make a waitress wage, not just those providing a service. And for weddings the prices are normally jacked way up in the first place. And you don’t need to tip the owner at all for a service as they set their own rates and make enough to cover what they need to make. Why tip someone for providng a service and not tip someone who works at McDonad’s or a retail store for minimum wage? It doesn’t make sense to tip just because it is a “service” in my opinion.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

janwedding17 :  yes, that’ is still standard. and for the record, i AM a big tipper (worked in the service industry for quite a while, and so i’m of the mindset that unless something is really bad, you tip 20%). we’re not tipping vendors who own their business, unless they’ve really gone above and beyond somehow (like a photographer who typically charges for an engagement session, but has done one for free; or stayed extra hours, etc.) the reason is because these vendors set their own prices and decide what their time/energy is worth, and are keeping 100% of that money. if they wanted to be paid more, they could simply charge more.

on the other hand, assistants, or people who work for other vendors, don’t set their prices and are typically paid far less. thus, it becomes appropriate to tip them. we’re not tipping our photographer (owner) but will tip his second shooter (not owner).

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