The news of an engagement often come as a surprise for most, after the excitement, tears and warm congratulations, then comes the big question; when is the big day? As if you have had time to actually think of the details among all of your emotions and excitements.
Your engaged, what a warm wonderful life long dream it has been, wow. During this time you will be faced with emotions, anxiety and excitement. Spreading the news to close family members first is the number one priority on your mind. Along with your jitters will come relief from sharing the excitement with others.
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General Tipping Guidelines
So the ceremony is planned and all is organized except the tips? Here are some general ideas and information on distributing tips so that you may still have change for... well.. stuff after the event.
For starters all tips should be given in cash, they should be distributed by the time the vendor leaves your wedding affair. If the person you are tipping is an employee of a company hired, a separate envelope with a cash tip for that individual is appropriate.
Some of the contracts you will encounter will already have a gratuity fee included in your total cost for services provided. If however there is an individual that goes that extra mile to exceed the service you are paying for, your appreciation can be shown by a small token of sincere thanks and gratitude. For those such as coat-check personnel, servers etc., a small tip can be a warm gesture.
Here are some guidelines that may help you with deciding what is a fair gratuity to give to your venders as a token of your appreciation.
VENDERS YOU SHOULD TIP
Altar boys or girls- $10-$15 each
Limousine Drivers- 10-15% of the bill, given at the end of the event.
Valet Parking Attendants- $.50-$1.00 per car, depending on the amount of cars expected, a flat rate split by the number of attendants may be appropriate.
Wait staff- The tip may be included in the contracted price if so you may tip the individual wait staff according to their contribution and if they went beyond expectation. If the tip is not included in your catering contract a 15% of the total catering bill should be contributed separately to the individuals who did the manual labor.
Bartenders- 10% of the total liquor bill can be separately given to those serving the alcohol, but only if the tip is not already included in your cost.
Rest room and/or Coat room Attendants- Any amount
under $1.00 can be given to those who help in this way,
keep in mind the amount of guests you will be having and weather it may be in your interest to go with a flat tip rate for the evening.
Beauticians for the Bride and Bridal party- If a beautician
comes to you it is not necessary to tip them unless of coarse you prefer to. If you go to a salon to have anything done it is expected to tip the individuals doing the work, normally a fee of 15% is appropriate.
DJ- If the DJ service you hire is the same person that attends your affair to provide the service you are paying for then a tip is optional. If the person that attends your affair is not the owner then the tip should be between $50-$100. If there are two employees then a tip of $50. each is appropriate.
Business Owners- Only is that person does more then expected and you want to thank them for their extra efforts.
Hall or Catering managers- If the managers have cut your costs or thrown in some extras, a tip is appreciated, if not, its unnecessary.
Officiant- A tip isn't suggested but a small contribution to the church is appropriate and appreciated.
Florist- A tip for the arranging of the flowers is not necessary but a tip for the transportation and delivery of
the items is acceptable within these guidelines, $5.00 per
location divided between the delivery staff. Or $10-$20 each staff member.
Bakery/Cake maker- The Baking of the cake you don't need to give a tip for. However if you are present when your cake is delivered you may want to tip the delivery person - $10.00.
Wedding coordinators- A $50. Tip is suitable.
Wedding Consultant/Planner- This is the person who has helped plan your big day, the involvement and appreciation is worth 10% of their bill if you decide to give them a token of your sincere thanks.
We hope this information will help you decide how to tip your venders, this brake down is only a guideline and you should use it to your personal discretion.
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