(Closed) Vendor Gifts

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
47193 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


ramblings89:  As my daughter says “Cash is always good.”

Post # 3
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

^ Yup, a tip. 


But for photogs and the like, a really nice, heartfelt thank-you card AND a kickass positive review on their services wherever it’s appropriate to post (their website, any other review sites, like Yelp or something) is often very appreciated as well. 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by  BothCoasts.
  • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by  BothCoasts.
Post # 4
4237 posts
Honey bee

A nice tip is enough. They’re there to do a job for you- you don’t need to get them a gift. You’re paying them. 

Post # 5
1695 posts
Bumble bee

I believe rather firmly in keeping a clear line between business relationships and social relationships. Gifts are things you give friends. Vendors, you compensate promptly and fairly according to your contract and their invoice, with a bonus and good reviewif they gave outstanding service, and a tip for their employees. Give your DJ the price of a large fruit basket. Or, if he is really doing three jobs, give him the price of three large fruit baskets. He will have no trouble finding somewhere to put that, and it won’t go bad.

Post # 6
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

A nice tip is what I’m doing for all my vendors I think my photogroh we and videographer may even get a 50% tip because they are just dealing with my craziness like perfect gentlemen lol

Post # 7
1257 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

ramblings89: Do you mean for this gift to be a substitute for a tip/gratuity? Unless they are extremely good friends (and even then), I don’t think that would be appropriate. They are professionals who (yes of course want you to have an amazing and fun day) but lets be serious are there to work. As pp said, just give them the cost of the fruit basket.

Personally, the only time I would resort to something other than cash for an extra gift for a vendor (after I tipped of course) is if I knew them personally (outside of wedding business) and could get them a specific gift (like if I knew my planner got her nails done at X salon so I got her a g.c there)

Even if they went above and beyond, IMO I’d just make all my payments to them early and include extra tip at the end, as my thank you. Then sing the gospel about their services on social media. 

Can you explain the situation more?


Post # 8
7412 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ditch the fruit baskets and give tips and positive reviews.

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