Tipping ?

How much are you all tipping your venders?


*DOC, DJ, photographer, photo booth attendant, band, other???


 


Thanks my girls!


 


Hearts,


Maria

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm
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I think it depends on if they own the business, if they go above and beyond, and some actually already haev it built in. (like my caterer did)

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm
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    Wedding Planner


    Wedding planners won't likely expect anything; however, if yours did a great job you can always offer a token of your appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner's portfolio can go a long way too.) Approximately 50 percent of couples do tip their planners -- typically those with more opulent weddings.
    Protocol: Optional
    The $tandard: Up to $500, or a nice gift
    When to Tip: The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or, she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

     


     


    Wedding Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist


    This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 - 20 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there's a crisis, like one of your bridesmaids has a meltdown over her updo and it requires a redo at the last minute.
    Protocol: Expected
    The $tandard: 15 - 25 percent, depending upon the quality of service
    When to Tip: At the end of your service

     


     


    Wedding Delivery and Set-up Staff


    Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site (wedding cake, flowers, or sound system). And if a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs, or port-a-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.
    Protocol: Expected
    The $tandard: $5 - $10 per person
    When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

     


     


    Wedding Ceremony Officiant


    If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you're often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you're a member you'll probably want to give a larger amount than if you're not. However, if you're getting married there and they're charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. If you're using a nondenominational officiant, no tip is required because they will charge you for their time.
    Protocol: Expected (depending on officiant)
    The $tandard: Donate $500+ to the church or synagogue, or, for a nondenominational officiant, an optional tip of $50 - $100
    When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

     


     


    Wedding Ceremony Musicians


    If you worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don't have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.
    Protocol: Optional
    The $tandard: $15 - $20 per musician
    When to Tip: At the end of the ceremony.

     


     


    Wedding Photographer/Videographer


    You're not expected to give your shutterbugs any dough beyond their normal fees. Yet if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn't own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).
    Protocol: Unnecessary, unless the photographer is not the studio owner.
    The $tandard: $50 - $200 per vendor
    When to Tip: At the end of the reception.

     


     


    Wedding Reception Staff


    This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maitre d', and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.
    Protocol: Expected
    The $tandard: 15 - 20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200 - $300 for the maitre d'.
    When to Tip: If it's covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maitre d' at the end of the reception since you will need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

     


     


    Wedding Reception Attendants


    When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom, and coat-room attendants the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it's not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.
    Protocol: Optional, based on contract
    The $tandard: $20 - $25 per bartender or waiter; $1 per guest for coat room and parking attendants; $1 per car
    When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, you could alternately distribute them at the beginning of the evening, to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

     


     


    Wedding Reception Band or DJ


    Whether you hire 12-piece swing band or grooving to a DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional. (Depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist!) And don't forget about any sound technicians they bring with them.
    Protocol: Optional, yet preferred
    The $tandard: $20 - $25 per musician; $50 - $150 for DJs
    When to Tip: At the end of the reception, by the best man.

     


     


    Wedding Transportation


    Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn't, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don't get lost!
    Protocol: Expected
    The $tandard: 15 - 20 percent of the total bill
    When to Tip: At the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise, this duty falls to the best man.


 


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Posted on September 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm
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Wow!  I was just thinking of tipping the limo driver, hair and MUA.  I never would have considered out string trio!

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm
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This is very useful information. *saves*

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm
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This is awesome!  Thanks!!!!!

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:51 am
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Thanks Chances!  What about Bartenders?  We have to provide our own bartender and the alcohol.  So how does that work?

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:58 am
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Bump

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:20 am
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DOC $125 


DJ $75 


photographer none 


photo booth attendant (didn't have one, but we did have a chocolate fountain attendant) $25


band (had a string quartet for ceremony only) $40


Banquet Manager $75


Bartender $40


Each server $25


Rolls Royce Drivers (we had 2) $40 each

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:22 am
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We just tipped the limo driver.  She did a great job of helping me get in and out of the limo with my poofy dress.

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:26 am
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Great information!  Thanks for the post!

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:33 am
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Great post Chances....I didn't even THINK of some of those

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:53 am
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We left our thank you cards for vendors at home and I told them all this so they didn't think I was stiffing them, but our day was so great I'd like to make sure I am generous enough to show my appreciation now that our wedding is over.  I am specifically interested in what to give our 2 banquet managers that were equally as great, our DOC that was fairly inexpensive $600 and our Photographer...which I see says is not necessary, but she did have an assistant with her and she did such a phenomenal job I want to get her something anyway. Can you guys give me an idea of what would be acceptable?  I want to send off their cards ASAP.  Thank you!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:48 am
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bumpity bump.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm
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chances thansk for your list I totally used it. here is what we just tipped everyone:


van driver  - $60 (which was about 20%)


photobooth guy - $60


ceremony musicians $20/each


photog associate - $160 ( we didnt tip our photog, just her associate. he was awesome and did such a great job!)


dj - $160 (also did an amazing job)


Venue (which included all servers for 19 tables / bartender / banquet manager & other staff)


$1200

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm
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Thanks Pink that helps me a lot with the photog and DJ. 


Our final tab already included 18% for gratuity, so I was covered for servers and bartenders and I guess technically the managers. However, for the last year they have been amazing and so responsive and they really did a fabulous job. I just don't know what to do with them and our DOC.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm

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