To Tip or not to Tip.... this is giving me a headache!
I found some info on other forums online an on this site, but the consensus is this....If they go above and beyond, tip. If "services" is outlined in the invoice, they already charged you for a tip. Anything I've read on Martha Stewart or the knot is really for "local" weddings with a million different vendors for things, all with high expectations for tipping....and outrageous in my book!
Some of the comments from actual vendors in Mexico, do not expect a tip at all! One Photographer said that he never expects it and is paid quite well but the most someone ever gave him was $50. No one seems to be tipping the florist or DJ unless they are fantastic and going above and beyond. The musicians range from no tip to $25. Everyone seems to agree that the waitstaff should be tipped about $20 each, but depends how many people are there waiting on you. The wedding coordinator is ranging from nothing to $150, with $50 or $100 being average. One idea was to have thank you cards filled out with $ in them and hand them out only if you feel they deserved the tip. Someone got a gift for the wedding coordinator and her family as well as cash. What I'm understanding, unfortunately, is that a lot of people seem to be very confused on this AI destination wedding tipping situation!
I'm thinking of this:
Nayeli- I'll give her a thank you card and more than likely, she'll get a tip...probably $100 or more depending on how things come out...and how much tequila I've had!
For everyone else, I think I'll be handing out pesos. I don't want to carry a ton of US $ around and Pesos may be easier for them...
Waitstaff/bartenders-depends how many there are and how they do but $200ish Pesos each
Mariachi Trio-$300-400 pesos-If we see them!
Guitarist-$150-200 Pesos-if we have one
DJ, Photographer and Florist-probably nothing unless they really go above and beyond.
We may end up tacking on an extra hour or so with the reception so if that's the case then we will tip the DJ and a bit more for the bartender.
Hair and make-up stylist- 20%
I really don't want to be "cheap" and generally I am EXTREMELY generous, but I really believe that they are already being paid for a service, and above and beyond will warrant something as a token of appreciation.
Here are the links for the forums I was looking at...
Any thoughts?? PLEASE tell me if I'm making sense or if I'm way off! Again, I want to be reasonable and not blow my budget on tips just for the sake of tipping! I'm sure my bridesmaids would rather have coach coin purses!