Tuesday, March 19, 2013

{tips & tricks} TUESDAY: tipping your wedding vendors

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ladies and gentlemen,

i hope you're all having a truly fabulous tuesday! 

for the inaugural tips & tricks tuesday post, i've decided to take the title a bit literally and discuss tipping all of the lovely people who play a role in bringing your wedding dreams to fruition.  

while you already know the rule of thumb for tipping your waiter or waitress when dining out {or at least i hope you do -- 20% is the norm, y'all!} but i bet you find yourself a bit lost-in-the-sauce when it comes to tipping wedding vendors. who is appropriate to tip in the first place? how much is standard?

luckily for y'all, i've gone ahead and done a bit of research to help you out. 

let's get right down to it, shall we? 

first, let me go ahead and say that since we are a savannah-based wedding planning company, we are quite southern in our philosophy & practices. that being said, it should be no surprise that the first place to which i turned for an etiquette question like this one was southern weddings magazine. 

those lovely ladies took the time to craft a handy cheat-sheet to help you determine whether to tip:

{via iloveswmag.com's article which you may find here}


now, i don't know about y'all, but i prefer to consult a number of sources before making a hard-and-fast judgment on just about anything, to include seemingly simplistic matters such as this. 

ergo, check out what the following wedding authorities have to say about tipping: 

{} the knot ::  assign a specific person {planner, mother, maid of honor, whomever} to deliver tips to vendors the day-of your wedding - this will ensure prompt delivery of gratuity without adding stress to you or your spouse-to-be! 

{} martha stewart weddings :: remember to check your contract to ensure gratuity is not already included in the fee prior to tipping! 

{} real simple weddings :: if the vendor in question owns the business, you needn't tip unless service was beyond exceptional or included an abnormal request that the vendor had to go out of his or her way to fulfill

finally, dear brides- and grooms-to-be, please do keep in mind that tipping is never obligatory. just as you would never tip an extraordinarily rude and unprofessional server at a restaurant {heavens forbid that you run into such a person}, you needn't tip a vendor whose service is objectively unsatisfactory. in that same vein, though, you more than likely would still leave a tip for a server whose service was unremarkable yet pleasant and prompt - it's customary practice for polite individuals. 

do not forget: a tip {and/or thank-you note!} is a lovely reward for those vendors who go above-and-beyond to provide you with exemplary service and contribute in no small way to your dream wedding day. 

as always, please comment with additional questions, comments or concerns! 

xo, 

jennifer

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