Post # 1
My mans and I are eloping in less than 3 weks (OMG where did the time go???)
While we will not have any guests or bridal party at our wedding, I feel like I should make small gifts for my vendors. Over the past 3 months they have been acting as my wedding party and keeping my sh*t together.
Nothing super big, perhaps a $30 dollar budget per person
Photographer (She has to get a bigger gift like $50-100 because she has been my rock and main helper and I think I am going to get her a photo store giftcard LOL)
What do you guys think would be a nice gift for them?
Post # 2
Cash. Just give them cash.
Unless you know them well enough to get them something uniquely tailored to their interests. But even then cash.
Post # 3
Arent you paying them for their services? I personally dont think its appropriate to “gift” hired vendors anything, and I really dont think theyd care that much about a $30 trinket. Just pay them, tip if appropriate and enjoy your wedding.
Post # 4
Just give them a generous tip.
Post # 5
Wait hold on. I have to tip them?
even though I found them, agreed to terms and signed contracts with them… I need to tip them?
Post # 6
It’s normal to tip hair, makeup, and officiant with cash.
Post # 7
PS – I do not mind having to tip them. I just did not know I had to LOL
How much do you tip?
And I do not even care, but I still want to get them something relevant fer being so nice to me through the whole planning process.
Do you think like a $30 gift certificate to Sephora would be nice for hair and make up chickies?
I have no idea where to go with my officiant….. Do I slip him a $20 in the middle of the ring exchange??
My photog I am getting a giftcard to a very popular photography store (I am also a photographer so I know what she likes LOL just a matter of gallantly asking where she shops for her gear)
Post # 8
I tipped 20%. You can just have an envelope ready for each person and give it to them after they finish their service or just stick it in the mail.
p.s. I guarantee you they would all prefer cash over gift certificates.
Post # 9
Fair point, we ALL love cash. I am so glad I asked.
I literally NEVER would have thought to tip them if I didn’t ask LOL
Post # 10
Honestly they’re nice because they’re being professional. You’re their client, that’s it. As pp said, give a generous tip and that’s it
Post # 11
I am happy I asked. I will definitely prepare envelopes for every vendor.
But as a person who is in this industry, as a photographer, I have NEVER expected a tip. I have received gifts as a “thank you” some EXTREMELY generous.
My expectation is that I charge what I charge and that is what I get paid. And those are the terms we agreed to before we signed things.
Post # 12
The sentiment is sweet, but just tip them 15 to 20 percent in cash. In an envelope. That’s standard for weddings. No gift card. As professionals, they probably have everything they need and shop at pro stores
Post # 13
shetlandshake : are you a photographer in the wedding industry and don’t regularly get cash tips?? Are you in the U.S.? But anyway, I agree you should tip in cash and rather than a small gift, a heartfelt thank you card and a glowing review wherever they advertise (yelp, social media, etc) would probably be very appreciated.
Post # 14
I am a photographer, not in the wedding insusty. I am a pet photog. And also on the side of fmy regular job but it is a very serious side business for me.
My POINT is that I am glad I asked. and I shall tip my vendors. Money is really no issue here.
I am more than happy to give them a 20% tip
But then ON TOP of that, is there a way I can give them not a lame personal gift of sorts
Post # 15
Cash. Just cash.
If you don’t know them well enough that you have to ask strangers on the internet who have never met them what a good “personal” gift would be for them, you don’t know them well enough to give them a “personal” gift then obviously.
Give them cash and tuck it into a nice card with a thoughtful handwritten note.