(Closed) Vendor Tipping Poll

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: Did/will you tip the following vendors... (beyond any "service charge" they add to your bill)
    waiters : (9 votes)
    15 %
    bartenders : (12 votes)
    20 %
    catering manager : (7 votes)
    12 %
    wedding planner : (4 votes)
    7 %
    photographer : (6 votes)
    10 %
    videographer : (1 votes)
    2 %
    florist : (2 votes)
    3 %
    baker : (3 votes)
    5 %
    make up artist : (15 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
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    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I read an etiquette thing once that said if gratuity is already included there is no need to tip extra (unless you really want to, I suppose).  Also, for things like a DJ and photographer – if they’re in business for themselves, it’s not necessary to tip.  I am “tipping” my hairdresser/make-up artist because it’s a family friend who offered to do it for free.  We’ll also be tipping the bartender because his bill is part of our catering bill, so we want to make sure he gets fair compensation for his time.

    The other items (florist, wedding planner, ceremony musician, etc we won’t have at our wedding.

    Post # 4
    Member
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    You should never tip anyone before seeing the final service/product in action. A vendor can be great during the planning and royally muck up on the day of, in which case, they are not deserving of a tip. There is no reason that a tip has to be given on the spot either. You can send it later with a thank you note to the vendor.

    Also, if a vendor owns their business and you feel they went above and beyond for you, you can give them a tip if you feel they deserved it. While people claim it’s bad etiquette to do so, it really isn’t as it is not creating a social awkwardness for anyone. Don’t let anyone bully you into something you don’t feel right doing.

    Post # 5
    Member
    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We had a 20 percent service charge added to our food bill, so we did NOT tip extra.

    We didn’t have a DJ or videographer, so we only tipped our ceremony musicians, officiant and hair/make-up people.

    Our wedding coordinator/photographer owned their own business, and the cake baker and florist just wasn’t necessary.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1336 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    Good topic to bring up.  We’ve been wondering about the same thing.  I’m definitely planning on tipping my MUA and Hair dresser, and probably the bartender, other than that I guess it depends how “above and beyond” people go. 

    Post # 7
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    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Great thread!  I think I’m going to not tip if service charge is already included and not if they are in business for themselves unless they go above and beyond what I was expecting.  We’ll tip the hair dresser because we are going to the salon and I’m sure we’ll tip the DOC but that’s probably it.  We’re feeding some of the vendors anyways!

    Post # 8
    Bee
    13050 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

    Our wedding was a pretty inclusive package, so the only separate tips we gave out were to

    1.  the officiant

    2.  the photographers

    3.  the ceremony musician

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