Post # 1
I have looked at old threads on this and my wedding planning book says that one need not tip vendors who are the proprietors of their own businesses, excepting vendors like hair/make-up. Our photographer, videographer, and DJ all run their own businesses and we hired them (not an assistant or other employee) for our wedding.
I feel weird not tipping, but I feel like I write checks like it’s my job now, so it would be great to save some money. I also don’t want to offend any of my vendors!
So, my question is, did you tip vendors who own their own businesses? Did you give 15-20% or a nominal amount (i.e. $100)?
Post # 3
Our DJ owns his own business and we tipped him $100 because he did a phenominal job.
We used two photographers that own their own business and we plan to tip then $111 each(we were married on 11.11.2011) because they did great too(based on photo ideas and location scouting for us) but we are waiting until the whole process is done, probably a few months after the wedding.
Post # 4
We tipped all of our vendors and all but one of them owned their own business. I know that technically we didn’t have to tip but I didn’t feel right not giving them anything (well, besides the boat load of cash that we were already paying for their services). Some of our vendors actually seemed surprised that we tipped them so I wonder if most of their clients don’t.
Here’s our breakdown…
Makeup: $30 – She was our only vendor who didn’t own the business. She only did makeup for 2 of us (myself and my MOH) while the hair stylist did all of our hair (myself, 3 bridesmaids and my MIL). Hence the larger tip for hair.
The tips for hair and makeup were close to 20% of their total bill but our DJ and photographer were more like 5%. If we would have tipped 20% it would have been more than $200 and that’s just ridiculous considering how much we already paid them. Our DOC was free so we gave her a larger tip as a thank you for her services.
Post # 5
I tipped only the bartenders and the waiters. No one else.
Not the hairdresser who came to my house (her own business)
Not the florist
Not the rental company
Not DOC (own company)
I did give a “thank you” gift to the offciant. She is a reverand and a family friend. I gave a donation to her church and a gift certificate directly to her. ($100 each)
Post # 6
I’m in the UK where noone ever tips! So we didn’t tip anybody anything! Maybe a few people tipped the bartender on the night, but I’m not sure.
Post # 7
I didn’t tip anybody. Just didn’t feel the need to.
Post # 8
I tipped all vendors even if they own their own business… especially if i still expected a service from them after the wedding (AKA photography).
it wasnt 20% of the whole fee but a nominal amount… also even the vendors who owned their own business, had assistants with them, so i tipped them as well.