Post # 1
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Our vendors are a photographer, who is the owner of the company, and a DJ, who is also the owner of his company. The florists will come and go without me seeing them and the catering is done by the venue with tip included for the staff. I’ll obviously tip the beauty people at the salon, but do I need to tip a photographer and a DJ who are the very people making all the money I’m paying for the service?
Am I forgetting anyone?
Post # 3
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 # 5
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
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
- 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
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?