Posted 17 July 2009 - 04:32 PM
For the wedding and reception I budgeted a $20-50 tip for the following (to be on the safe side and note that I say budgeted):
Since the wedding really isn't part of the AI, I think tips are probably a good idea. I'm going to ask one of the un-bridesmaids and her husband to be in charge of the envelopes (for everyone except the WC and photog) and make some judgement calls on the tips. If Rebeca can't accept a tip I'm going to bring a gift (wine, bath & body gift basket). She has been absolutely amazing so far!
Photog tipping etiquette varies pretty drastically. From what I can tell, it is not expected or mandatory. The option that I really like is a thank you card along with an offer to write a recommendation or be used as a reference. Or if your photog is from your home town a dinner invite when you pick up your pics is also an option. But if your photog doesn't own the company and does and outstanding job or does own the company and gives you free stuff, a tip would be appropriate. Also, its a good idea to wait until you get your photos before you tip or offer a recommendation... you've already paid in full for their services so no need to feel bad about waiting.
As for the rest of the trip we'll bring a bunch of $ bills and even grab some pesos at the airport. I've been to a bunch of AIs and although tipping "is included" you always get better service if you are friendly with your staff and recognize their hard work. But it is Mexico and you will find the snotty waiters who expect a tip before serving you, I always say forget them and go to someone else!
Just my opinions - take them with a grain of salt... or lots of grains of salt and margaritas
Posted 17 July 2009 - 04:44 PM
| Originally Posted by autjo |
you always get better service if you are friendly with your staff and recognize their hard work.
Posted 19 July 2009 - 12:25 PM
Posted 31 July 2009 - 04:31 PM
Posted 31 July 2009 - 04:54 PM
| Originally Posted by jenninjamaica |
Glad to see I'm not the only one confused about all this! But i still have a question. Our AI resorts policy states that tipping is not allowed and we were told that staff had lost their jobs for accepting them. Last time we were there the DJ was kind enough to lend my Fiance a bunch of CDs so he could copy them to our labtop, so he slipped him $20 and after that we never waited for anything. We didn't know if he told his co-workers and that's why (it was off-season so they could just be bored!). But then we didn't know if they were all expecting tips too. Etiquette involving tips is so complicated!!! I guess we will just have to be discreet because I do think certain things deserve a tip!
Posted 10 August 2009 - 08:36 AM
Still trying to get the right idea
Posted 13 August 2009 - 09:47 AM
Posted 13 August 2009 - 02:46 PM
So I plan to tip the wedding coordinator, minister, florist, DJ, and Photographer. What is the amount that is reasonable?
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