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#1 NABUMBAH

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    Posted 27 November 2006 - 08:30 PM

    Which vendors did you tip? What did you tip them?

    thanks

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    #2 Janet

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      Posted 27 November 2006 - 08:48 PM

      Hmmmm I didn't really have a plan for this going in, but I think in the end we tipped:

      $100 to our day-of WC (and her assistant)
      $100 to videographer
      (These two vendors basically worked their butts off for us and weren't making that much $$)

      We confirmed that all of the catering service charge actually went to the wait staff as tips.

      We did not tip photog, guitar player, or DJ. (Not really for any reason except they were already kind of expensive so we just felt like we paid enough. These guys were making $200/hr+. The WC and the videographer were making more like $50/hr.)

      Who else am I missing?

      #3 TammyB

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        Posted 27 November 2006 - 10:52 PM

        Hmm I'm pretty sure I'm going to hire Maye C for our WC, but since she's on her own and doesn't work for a company, do you think I should tip her? I also wasn't planning on tipping Juan because he owns his business as well. I'm I wrong in thinking this way?

        #4 Janet

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          Posted 27 November 2006 - 10:57 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by TAMMYM
          Hmm I'm pretty sure I'm going to hire Maye C for our WC, but since she's on her own and doesn't work for a company, do you think I should tip her? I also wasn't planning on tipping Juan because he owns his business as well. I'm I wrong in thinking this way?
          no, that is definitely a normal way of thinking about tipping. I guess my tipping leaned toward people who went way above and beyond and who were not making a really high hourly wage already. But really, it's all subjective

          #5 gkashmira

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            Posted 28 November 2006 - 12:36 AM

            I have no idea but I'd like to know! I have to agree that when you're payign a vendor like $200/hr it doesn't seem like tipping is really necessary. Especially if they work for themselves and not some larger company.
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            #6 REBECCA

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              Posted 28 November 2006 - 12:51 AM

              We didn't have a plan for this either. We planned to tip the servers, bartender, both Wedding coordinators, the DJ and the coordinators.

              When it came time to tip, Marc just started handing out money and this is what he did:

              Maye - $50

              Mariana - $50

              Dj Ricardo - $50

              Juan Carlos - $50
              We weren't planning this one. But I think he stayed longer than he should have, so I don't mind that we did. If I had know Marc was going to tip him, I would have told him not to. Only bcz, like you said, he is charging enough and works freelance. But Marc didn't realize he wasn't supposed to tip him. Oh well.

              Sam Perches - $0
              Only bcz he ran off too fast. We meant to tip him! We actually feel really bad here, bcz he gave us a really good deal (so I thought until I read Janet's review!!) :)

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              Marc gave one server $100 and told him to split it with everyone. I hope he did! I would advise tipping everyone separately.
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              #7 Alisarosenbaum

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                Posted 12 January 2007 - 01:46 PM

                Sorry if there is already a thread on this, but which vendors do you tip? We are having:

                Maye
                Florist
                Cake baker
                Photographer
                Musicians
                Emeline at the Hilton
                Fun and Motivation

                Also, what is the standard tip there? Is it teh same as US (18%-20%)?

                Thanks!!

                #8 destinationbride07

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                  Posted 25 January 2007 - 01:26 PM

                  I know you guys talked about this in the Dreams forum but I am not a Dreams bride

                  I am trying to budget the amt of money I will need for tipping.

                  My Vendors are:

                  Wedding Coordinatior who is also ordering the flower, limo, minister, and harpist. The fee we paid him includes all of these and he will get them for us..

                  so do I tip him? If so how much? He is also the photographer.

                  Now I think I should individually tip the

                  Limo driver
                  Minister
                  Harpist

                  Should I just use the standard 15% rule of thumb? I do know how much the services cost for each vendor.

                  Now for the dinner…they say for a party of 10 a more a service charge of 18%is applied….in Chicago it usually say 18% tip. Does service charge = tip in most places?

                  #9 Nrvsbride

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                    Posted 25 January 2007 - 01:28 PM

                    Service charge usually means tip in most places but if you like you can leave a little something extra since it is a wedding dinner but your not obligated to. I would find out what the custom is in Hawaii though. Hmm let me go google it for you.

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                    #10 Nrvsbride

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                      Posted 25 January 2007 - 01:34 PM

                      Tipping-- It's part of the American way of life to tip. Many service employees receive little direct salary and must depend on tips for their income. The following are some general rules:

                      In hotels, tip bellhops at least $1 per piece of luggage ($2-$3 if you have a lot of luggage), and tip the housekeeping staff $1 per person, per day. Tip the doorman or concierge only if he or she has provided you with some specific service (for example, obtaining difficult-to-get theater tickets). Tip the valet-parking attendant $1 to $2 every time you get your car.

                      In restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, tip service staff 15% to 20% of the check, tip bartenders 10% to 15%, and tip valet-parking attendants $1 to $2 per vehicle. Tip the doorman only if he or she has provided you with some specific service (such as calling a cab for you). Tipping is not expected in cafeterias and fast-food restaurants.

                      Tip cab drivers 15% of the fare.

                      As for other service personnel, tip skycaps at airports at least $1 per piece ($2-$3 if you have a lot of luggage), and tip hairdressers and barbers 15% to 20%. Tipping ushers at theaters is not expected.




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