Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tipping Your Wedding Vendors

It's wedding season and this week has been a whirlwind of last minute tasks, confirmations & phone calls for our clients as we prepare for three Pearls Events' weddings. In the past few weeks, I've had a few different people ask me about tipping their wedding vendors. I had the discussion with fellow planner Lindsey Narkter on our way to Washington, D.C. this spring, and she had a great response, which I want to share today.

Lindsey advises tipping anyone who provides a service, just like you would tip your hair stylist or waitress. I agree with her, but want to stress many wedding vendors are self employed and do not expect a tip at the end of the evening. The best compliment I can ever receive is a personal recommendation from the client to a potential client, although, I've never said no to cash...

Back in April 2008, I shared a couple of great posts written by Liene Stevens for Elizabeth Anne Designs, and today I'd like to share them once again for anyone wondering who to tip on their wedding day.

4 lovely comment(s):

saundra, event engineer May 20, 2010, 2:02:00 PM  

Aletha, I'm not sure what being self-employed has to do with not being tipped. Very true, that a thank you card (I'll even take a well-thought email) is fabulous and even better, happy clients referring you, is priceless.

But whether you are the owner of a business, an employee or a part-time person, then tipping should ALWAYS be about performance and if you wish to do so.

Aletha | Pearls Events May 20, 2010, 2:10:00 PM  

I should have clarified, that some brides may feel because vendors are self-employed and getting paid to do the job, they don't need to be tipped. I know when I was a bride, this is how I felt.

Of course I realize that I may have stiffed a couple of people who went above and beyond for us on our wedding day.

I do agree with you that tipping should ALWAYS be about performance and if you wish to do so.

saundra, event engineer May 20, 2010, 2:17:00 PM  

As a client, one should remember, how many times the business owner went above or beyond or didn't charge you for this, or added this to their service, or went beyond the scope of their typical duties.

That is worthy of tipness. Is that a word? LOL

brit May 20, 2010, 3:04:00 PM  

Thanks for sharing. I always get brides asking me this - so glad to be able to share these posts!

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