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Some more stuff I found...

 

 

 

Mahalo for bringing up this often overlooked topic. Tipping can be frustrating or embarrassing if you don't have a sense of what's expected or customary.

 

Here's some advice the Big Kahuna has gathered.

 

Most hotels, shopping malls, and activities run shuttle busses that you can call on to come pick you up and deliver you to their location. A shuttle bus full of people - generally no tip.

 

If the driver is nice and friendly, or if you're the only passenger or one of few, you might tip a dollar or two, even if s/he is only "picking up and dropping you off."

 

If a van or car is sent specifically for you, it's probably a good idea to tip - $3 to $5 may be in order, particularly if it's a long ride.

 

Activities can be more complicated, especially if you are working through a hotel or a travel service that has booked or arranged the activity. For further advice about tipping for activities, ask the travel service, your hotel concierge, or check with the front desk.

 

Of course, you could send the money directly to the Big Kahuna, who will be sure to ... Nah, better not.

 

Have a great visit!

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Tipping: A 15% tip is expected by taxi drivers, bartenders, hairdressers and waiters, but don't tip in fast-food or self-service restaurants. In expensive restaurants or for large parties tip 20% of the bill. It is normal to tip staff in hotels. In more expensive accommodation there is sometimes a bed tax, often as high as 15%, and it is worth checking that this is included within the quote.

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I'm trying to limit the amount of "things" I have to do at the wedding. I hired my photog myself (not through my WC) so the cost of the photog was included in the check I gave for my WC to distribute to vendors (for payment and tip). I also did not include my WC tip in that check.

 

I do however want to tip both, but was wondering if it would e ok for me to do this after I get home. Send them both a thank you card with a check for their tip for their services. I didn't know if this would be cool or not. I don't want them to think I'm not tipping them though! That's my only worry.

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ooooh, good question!!! Umm... I think so. I think the vendors would understand that you're busy that day....? Maybe. Ugh, I don't know - but now I want to know the answer! lol

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i think they would be happy either way.. you could always appoint someone in your birdal party or friends to make sure they get the vendors the tips and then once you get home write a thank u card

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Personally I would tip them there. Can you figure out how much you want to give them ahead of time and bring it in an envelope? This way you won't have to worry about getting everything together. Although I'm sure if you sent a card later on and gave them a tip they wouldn't mind so it's okay.

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