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#1 chrissytina924

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    Posted 17 June 2010 - 12:08 PM

    hey Girls

    So we leave in less then a week and i am tryingto figure out how much money to bring with us for tipping? I was wondering who did you/ or plan to tip for the wedding and how much??

    Edward & Christina
    Melia Caribe Tropical
    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
    June 26th, 2010

    #2 JesseLyn10

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      Posted 23 June 2010 - 10:47 AM

      I was wondering the same thing. We are paying for all the bridesmaid hair so how do I tip for everyone? give to each stylist or give a lump sum to the receptionist and tell her to divvy it up?

      #3 JanineA

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        Posted 23 June 2010 - 10:50 AM

        I'm glad you posted this I was wondering the same thing. Do I tip the WC at the hotel? How much? Do we also tip the dj, photographer and everyone else involved? Whats the rule of thumb on this?

        #4 teshy1

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          Posted 23 June 2010 - 10:52 AM

          We tipped the wedding coordinator (she got the biggest tip, since she did the most work and did a fabulous job), the officiant at the ceremony, the servers at the reception, and the DJ at our dance. Also tipped the stylists at the salon. You could probably do a "lump" tip if you're paying for all the bridesmaids at once.
          We tipped in US dollars, since US money is well-accepted in Mexico.

          Oops, also tipped the photographer, of course. Her tip was similar to that of the wedding coordinator.

          #5 JesseLyn10

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            Posted 23 June 2010 - 10:56 AM

            Can I ask you how much you gave to the coordinator? I had no idea we should tip her as well until I read your post.

            We are bringing a photographer with us and rented dj equipment for an ipod. I guess we should be considering the band that plays at the ceremony, the servers at dinner and the bar staff at the reception? I didn't even figure this into our budget.

            #6 JanineA

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              Posted 23 June 2010 - 10:57 AM

              Is the tipping 18% like here in the US or is it higher?

              #7 Stacy015

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                Posted 23 June 2010 - 11:11 AM

                We tipped our coordinator and our musician.

                My coordinator took care of the flowers or I would have tipped them as well.
                We also would have tipped the people setting up and taking down chairs, but we never saw them - I'm not too worried since that should have been covered in our fee for the location.

                Tips were included for everything at the reception at 18% - I think we may have added something really small in addition to the 18% since they did such a great job...

                We brought our pastor - we gave him and his wife a $20 gift certificate to a nice restaurant on a golf course by the ocean for breakfast and we had a hawaiian gift basket delivered on our wedding day.

                My mom is a hair stylist and did our hair... so I can't help ya there.

                #8 aubry

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                  Posted 23 June 2010 - 03:16 PM

                  I didn't know you tipped professionals! Are WC's tipped here in the states? Like, I wouldn't think of tipping the guy who does my taxes, but I do tip my hair dresser, etc. Is there some sort of general "rule" of how you decide who to tip? We were planning to give our pastor, a family friend, an honorarium of $150, but that's more like a "fee" for someone who doesn't actually charge. I am so lost here!

                  #9 Stacy015

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                    Posted 23 June 2010 - 04:14 PM

                    I read that if they own their own business it's not necessary - but if they work for a company or someone else, you should.

                    There are lots of threads on this topic - you can search to get LOTS of info.
                    That's what I did before I left for my wedding, and it was really helpful!

                    My wedding coordinator didn't have any service fees, but she was her own employer. (All of my vendors were on their own and not employed by a company or anyone else besides themselves) She also told me that none of her vendors expected tips, and they all set their own prices. She said some brides do and some don't - that it was completely up to me and how I felt they did. With that being said - I didn't do very large tips.. just tips to show appreciation. I gave my WC $50, photgrapher $20, musician $10. I'm also going to write a thank you to my WC and send her a few photos. I'm also going to send a thank you to my reception restaurant because they were sooooo wonderfull the night of.

                    Our pastor was DH's uncle, so we went with more of a gift than money.

                    #10 tracy0716

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                      Posted 23 June 2010 - 04:18 PM

                      I was thinking $50 each for the WC, DJ, head waiter, and photographer. We're also having a Dominican Trio- since it's 3 guys I figured $45 ($15 each). I was thinking $10 or $20 for the hair stylist and make up artist. This all depends if we're happy with the services but as of now it brings us to almost $300. We also plan on bringing plenty of $1 and $5 to tip the maid, waiters, and bartenders. So I'm guessing around $500.

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