Who and how much should we tip everyone for a destination package wedding?

April 15th, 2010

We paid a flat fee for everyone who will be there – the minister (who is also co-owner with the wedding coordinator), the musician, the photographer and the videographer – and everyone who won’t be there – the baker and the florist. In addition, I paid a per hour charge plus 20% extra of the total coordination fee to the wedding coordinator to have someone come to the hotel to do my hair and makeup. For some extra expenses (additional cake and champagne, florals, etc), I also paid an additional 20% coordination fee of the totals as well. Who should we tip and how much? Should I still tip the minister and wedding coordinator even though I paid some additional coordination fees for some services and not others?

Thanks in advance for your help!

3 Responses to “Who and how much should we tip everyone for a destination package wedding?”

  1. Scarlett says:

    Tipping should be the amount that you feel is necessary to tip. Take into consideration the amount of work they are doing — did they exceed your expectations, did they go above and beyond what you required, etc.. The baker and the florist do not need tips that they will not be there. If you feel that the baker did an extraordinary job, send a thank you card or drop off a small thank you gift (perhaps a bottle of wine). For the photographer – if he/she does more than you want, and follows your directions, you can shoot them $25 as a tip. I gave mine $50 because she was incredible.

    Keep in mind that although you paid them for their services, its always nice to give a little something.

  2. regzad says:

    I would tip the hair and make up person (10- 15%). When you purchase big packaged deals, the gratuities are usually already included.

  3. endorable says:

    Well if nothing else… don’t tip the wedding coordinator! Why are you paying her an extra 20% of the total coordination fee for every extra service you get, on top of the fee for the service? And if the minister is a co-owner, he is already getting his fee so you don’t need to tip him.

    I’d just tip the hairdresser and the servers and bartenders. You always need to tip the hairdressers and even at an all-inclusive you want to keep the service staff happy! Just check to see if gratuities are already included, as some all-inclusive resorts truly are that… but still, a wedding is special and above and beyond so you should give them a bit extra 🙂

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Who and how much should we tip everyone for a destination package wedding?

April 15th, 2010

We paid a flat fee for everyone who will be there – the minister (who is also co-owner with the wedding coordinator), the musician, the photographer and the videographer – and everyone who won’t be there – the baker and the florist. In addition, I paid a per hour charge plus 20% extra of the total coordination fee to the wedding coordinator to have someone come to the hotel to do my hair and makeup. For some extra expenses (additional cake and champagne, florals, etc), I also paid an additional 20% coordination fee of the totals as well. Who should we tip and how much? Should I still tip the minister and wedding coordinator even though I paid some additional coordination fees for some services and not others?

Thanks in advance for your help!

3 Responses to “Who and how much should we tip everyone for a destination package wedding?”

  1. Scarlett says:

    Tipping should be the amount that you feel is necessary to tip. Take into consideration the amount of work they are doing — did they exceed your expectations, did they go above and beyond what you required, etc.. The baker and the florist do not need tips that they will not be there. If you feel that the baker did an extraordinary job, send a thank you card or drop off a small thank you gift (perhaps a bottle of wine). For the photographer – if he/she does more than you want, and follows your directions, you can shoot them $25 as a tip. I gave mine $50 because she was incredible.

    Keep in mind that although you paid them for their services, its always nice to give a little something.

  2. regzad says:

    I would tip the hair and make up person (10- 15%). When you purchase big packaged deals, the gratuities are usually already included.

  3. endorable says:

    Well if nothing else… don’t tip the wedding coordinator! Why are you paying her an extra 20% of the total coordination fee for every extra service you get, on top of the fee for the service? And if the minister is a co-owner, he is already getting his fee so you don’t need to tip him.

    I’d just tip the hairdresser and the servers and bartenders. You always need to tip the hairdressers and even at an all-inclusive you want to keep the service staff happy! Just check to see if gratuities are already included, as some all-inclusive resorts truly are that… but still, a wedding is special and above and beyond so you should give them a bit extra 🙂

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