Post # 1
Okay so I am not sure who to tip and who not to tip. I heard that you do not tip anyone who works for themselves/owns the business. Not sure if that is true or not. My photographer, florist and limo driver all own the business.
Also the gratutity is already added onto the limo (20%), the venue (food, servers, bar) is also an automatic 20% (there is tax, grat. THEN TAX ON THE GRAT. again!). Do you tip again if there is already an automatic 20% gratuity added on?
Here’s where I have the big issue, the photographer’s assistant works with/for him and the dj kind of works for a company. He seems to be a co-owner but I am not sure.
Help! Who do I tip?
Post # 3
Honestly, it is really up to you. I tipped the coodinator at our reception (above the 20% tip) because he really went above and beyond. I also gave our reception serves an additional $100 each above the 20% because we stayed an extra 1.5 hours and everyone was really nice about us staying.
I tipped our dj (he owns his own company) because he did such a good job (literally, the dance floor was packed for the entire night.)
I tipped our hair people (they own their own business, but brought several other hair dressers with them).
I tipped our DOC (owns her own company) b/c she helped with the ceremony set up (she was not contracted to do that – I had my own people do that) and, again, went above and beyond.
Honestly, I have heard of the whole “if they own their own business, then don’t give them a tip,” but I was so completely pleased with every single one of my vendors that I was happy to tip. All in all, we spent ~$1500 in tips.
Granted, tips were in cash and in separate envelopes. If anyone had done a poor job, I would not have tipped them.
Post # 4
No one- we don’t tip here. You get paid to do your job period!
But I got married in the USA so we tipped everyone even the owner/operators but that was because they all did a fantastic job and went above and beyond for us.