Thanks for posting this. It really helps to know what other brides...past and present have in mind when it comes to tipping
Originally Posted by hutchets
We just got married in April 2011 at ROR. We took one's and fives with us for tipping just in case. I know that we would leave a dollar or two for our maid but not each day. My husband would tip a bartender in the morning, maybe $5, at the pool we were at. We did notice that they were more generous with the alcohol in our drinks with an early tip. I don't like drinking tons of sugary drinks so this helped if you know what I mean. When we transferred to Couples Tower Isle, tipping isn't allowed and I had to stand by the bartender and tell him to keep pouring the rum so that I got what I wanted. This was frustrating-especially since it cost more $ to stay there! (We won't go back to Couples and enjoyed RIU more).
We did not tip the officiant nor the wedding coordinator. It totally slipped my mind and I realized it after we left the RIU! We did tip the waiter taking care of us for our semi-private reception because he did much more than I had ever read on here from other brides. He set up the tables with our decorations for us rather than having to have a friend or family member do this. He also got us alcoholic drinks from the bar which i guess is not the norm. You typically have to get them yourself if you want something other than wine. There were not very many people int he restaurant so our party really lucked out and did not have to leave the table at all. I believe he got a 50.00 tip! We took 250 with us for tipping and didn't spend but maybe 80 total on tips.
My travel agent said that she NEVER tips at any all inclusive but my husband tips big here at home so he was definitely going to tip at the RIU. It makes him feel good because they don't make much money at all. We are glad we did.