(Closed) Tipping….Who? And how much?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 4
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am having my ceremony and reception att a country club and they already charge a 20% service fee…………after reading that article- am I still supposed to tip everyone?  Grrrr………….weddings are expensive!!!

Post # 5
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Lolasmomma: I’d review your catering contract – ours stipulates that no tipping is needed, that’s what the service fee covers.

As for other tips, I’m only planning to get a little extra gift for my DOC if she does a really good job. She’s just starting out with her own company so I got a great deal for her services. Probably a gift card to a local restaurant or something, plus a great recommendation.

Post # 6
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

‘tip’ is a very interesting.  Flat out…. I don’t get it.

I was born and raised in part of the earth where ‘tip’ doesn’t exist.  Although I am very Americanized, I still don’t get the culture of ‘tipping’.  

The person in ‘sale’ sets a price that believes to be worth his/her work/service. The customer pays for the ‘service/product’ and still need to tip on top of the price…. for what?  I just gave the person business.

One of the morning TV show host stated that, the tip is mandatory because they only earn minimum wage (ex was a maids at the hotels).  Ummmmm… No one told them to get into that business and how come we don’t tip people who clean up the public restrooms( ex. airports and museum parks).  In addition, for the record a survey showed, leaving a tip doesn’t make the maid to clean harder or cleaner.  They will use THE RAG that they just cleaned the floor to wipe off your glass cups, sometimes even worse… toilet to sink.  

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do tip for what they are worth.  However, no one tips for me.  I work in healthcare in hospital setting and trust me YOU NAME IT, I’VE DONE IT.  I have been done things more than filling empty cups, bring out food, cut hairs, cleaning rooms, opening doors, etc.  

I guess I just want to hear explanations and origin of tipping vs. just because.

To answer SLS79:  If there is a service charge added, there should be none.


Post # 7
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I also don’t understand tipping.  Sure I do it, but why are we “forced” to tip people for doing their job?  I’m paying my DJ $1200…why should I pay him more for doing his job? I’m already paying him a small fortune.

Just a rant…

Post # 9
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hrrm…reviving this thread. I don’t understand why you would have to pay 15%-20% tip to owners of their own business. They set their own prices and should be charging what they believe is a fair price for their service. And additional 15% on top of a couple hundred dollars seems ridiculous. Maybe I’m cheap, but I gave DJ/MUA/Photog an extra $20 bucks for tip.  That’s it.

Post # 10
31 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think the link above lays out the tipping guidlines quite well. We tipped all of our vendors, with some getting more than others due to the amount of work they put in beforehand and how much we enjoyed working with them.

Typically one doesn’t tip based on % of total cost for most wedding vendors, i.e. – DJ, Photographer, Videographer, etc. If that were the case, Darling Husband and I would have been out a lot more $$! We gave between $50 and $150 for most vendors (our DOC was the exception – she went way above and beyond, so we gave her $250), and then around $25 for each server. Hope this helps.

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