(Closed) Whom do I tip?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Do I tip these vendors, who are the owners of their companies?
    Yes, tip the photographer : (4 votes)
    17 %
    Yes, tip the DJ : (5 votes)
    21 %
    Heck no! They are already getting your bunches of money directly. : (15 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 3
    2542 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’m not sure what is the right thing to do – I have been wondering this as well! Is it better to tip them or to maybe just send a thank you card and a bottle of wine or gift basket or something after the wedding.

    Post # 4
    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012


    Post # 5
    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We only tipped the officiant, hair/make stylist, and our caterer.

    From everything I read, nothing stated that tipping the photographer or DJ was the norm, but for officiant & caterer, it is.

    Post # 6
    989 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Other than the hair stylist and make-up artist, we’re waiting until after the wedding to make tipping decisions.  We’d like to have some time to catch our breath, think objectively about the service we received, and let any stories – good or bad – filter their way in from family and friends.  If we feel that we received exceptional service from anyone, owner or not, we’ll send a thank-you note and tip them. 

    We’ve been up front with our vendors that we’re tipping after the wedding, just so there isn’t any confusion on the day.

    Post # 7
    2086 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    I went through my vendors mentally and the only people who will be involved in our wedding who don’t own their businesses are the servers and bartenders at our vineyard.

    I know there has been debate about whether the “service fee” covers tips for servers (18% in my case and another 5% of top of that for taxes), but I assumed tips were covered.


    Post # 8
    637 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    You bring up a good point.  I was wondering it myself. 

    I wonder which one is the norm,

    to tip at the end of service that night?

    or tip it after wedding?

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