Post # 1
We’ve decided to give the hairdressers each a small fruit basket. We’re going to give our coordinator/the staff at our venue a large fruit basket.
However, we’re not sure what to get our photographer/DJ/JP (it’s all one person). He’s SPECTACULAR and has already gone above and beyond the call of duty, and the wedding hasn’t even happened yet. We considered a fruit basket, but a) he’ll be there all day? Where will he put it? It may go bad. b) he’s doing three jobs, and we want to do something a little more special.
We could use suggestions. Thank you. 🙂
Post # 2
ramblings89: As my daughter says “Cash is always good.”
Post # 3
^ 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.
Post # 4
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
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
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
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
Ditch the fruit baskets and give tips and positive reviews.
Post # 9
aspasia475: haha! That’s certainly true. 🙂
Post # 10
Horseradish: The main reason we’re giving fruit baskets to the hairdressers (in addition to a tip) is because my mother is friends with the owner of the salon. I know she had already given me a hefty discount because of that so I want to show a little extra appreciation.
She’s charges extra for travel + My wedding is on a Sunday. 🙂
Post # 11
I’m not giving anything in lieu of a tip. I will definitely pass I the good word because I’m recording EXCELLENT service from all of my vendors. 🙂
The main reason we’re giving fruit baskets to the hairdressers (in addition to a tip) is because my mother is friends with the owner of the salon. I know she had already given me a hefty discount because of that so I want to show a little extra appreciation.
She’s charges extra for travel + My wedding is on a Sunday.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the input guys. I think I’ll do a small fruit basket as well as a tip to the hairdressers. And just a tip to everyone else. 🙂