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#1 plb2010

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    Posted 19 December 2014 - 09:56 AM

    Hi All,

     

    My fiancée and I are going to be getting married in Punta Cana (Riu Palace Bavaro) this coming January and the question has come up as to how much to tip the resort’s wedding planner. Does anyone have any insight to offer into this matter and or any other gotchas/faux pas that with a little knowledge could be avoided?

     

    Thanks in advance,

    Peter 



    #2 LisaAnthonyPoppy

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    Posted 20 December 2014 - 08:06 AM

    Good question! I'm not sure either. My plate per guest is like 60 USD + 20% gratuity and my drink package per person is the same. As you can see that's about 25 bucks per head for gratuity. Who the gratuity goes to - I'm not sure. Would be nice to know the way to handle this.

    #3 jackielemman

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    Posted 22 December 2014 - 11:43 AM

    We were at our hotel for 7 nights and had an event scheduled almost every day. We gave our wedding planner $400, $200 when we first met her and the rest at checkout. I think it made a huge difference in our service and how well our events went! It was well worth finding the money to do this... she was so appreciative and went above and beyond her duties for us the entire week.



    #4 Mrsktobe

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    Posted 22 December 2014 - 11:55 AM

    I don' think there is a right or wrong way to tip - I too searched the threads to look for guidance.. there is one that someone posted (i'll try to find it and post it) that was a pretty good guideline.



    #5 Kayla88

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    Posted 22 December 2014 - 01:44 PM

    We were at our hotel for 7 nights and had an event scheduled almost every day. We gave our wedding planner $400, $200 when we first met her and the rest at checkout. I think it made a huge difference in our service and how well our events went! It was well worth finding the money to do this... she was so appreciative and went above and beyond her duties for us the entire week.


    That's very smart, I hadn't thought of giving her half when we arrived. I'll have to add that to my plans :)

    #6 calgarybride2015

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    Posted 22 December 2014 - 05:49 PM

    That's very smart, I hadn't thought of giving her half when we arrived. I'll have to add that to my plans :)

     

    I was considering this but I have also tipped a server in Cuba when he brought our first drink and we never saw him again :/ so that plan failed, so I have been hesitant to do it in Mexico for our WC. 

     

    EDIT: but I personally feel if your bill has a gratuity on it (as a poster mentioned a few posts above) that should cover all your servers and bartenders and I wouldn't tip them again.


    Edited by calgarybride2015, 22 December 2014 - 05:50 PM.

    -Kim

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    Planning Thread - http://www.bestdesti...s-riviera-maya/

     

    Wedding Pictures http://www.bestdesti...ra-maya/page-36

     

    Wedding Review http://www.bestdesti...31#entry1885600

     

     


    #7 LisaAnthonyPoppy

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    Posted 22 December 2014 - 06:56 PM

    Good idea about tipping upfront. I have had an overall good experience tipping upfront in Mexico from the times I have been.

    I bet the upfront tip would be an extra incentive!

    I don't think I will give the waiters and bartender extra tips I looked over our food and bev spreadsheet and for 30 guests it is about 750 USD added on.

    Plus I'll have to tip other vendors.

    But i did want to show gratitude for my on site wedding coordinator at beach club.

    She rocks!

    Thanks for the ideas!
    And I'm not even the OP!

    #8 Mrsktobe

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    Posted 23 December 2014 - 08:01 AM

    I can't find the thread that suggests tipping guidelines but I remember it said it was dependent or not if she owned her own business or not. Tipping is a very personal choice - I don't think there is a right or wrong way, as long as you doing are so. We ended up giving our wedding coordinator 150.00, however she did own her own business. I would of loved to give her more but with paying for the wedding ourselves and other tips, we were spread thin.




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