(Closed) Who to tip? How much?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

 I think the only person you should tip are the setup/breakdown crew DEPENDING on how much you are already paying them. Everyone else is probably employed by themself and is already going to pocket a signifcant amount of their initial charge.

Post # 4
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@TerraMarie11:Not true.  I work for a catering business and we do set up and take down.  What we don’t do, the employees of the rental company we work with does.  None of us owns anything and servers/bar are paid a small hourly wage (no idea for the rental guys).  Tip the servers/bar for sure–we don’t get tips from your guests and we work our butts off.

Check and see if the DJ, vidographer, photographer and florist are self employed.  If they are working for someone, tip them too.

How much depends on the wedding.  How many people?  How many events are there that we have to fiddle with (cake cutting/champagne toast etc)?  Are we making and delivering plates and to go boxes?  How many things did we pass?  How are the facilities?  Are we bussing behind a bulding in a ditch full of barbed wire (yes, happened) or in a venue with a kitchen and bussing area?  For a not too exciting (2 cakes, passed toast, no midnight snack, to go boxes and plates delivered) 150 person wedding, $50 per server is about right.

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