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Super April 2019 Alberta

Tipping Question

Gina, on April 10, 2019 at 08:34 Posted in Wedding reception 0 14
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My Photographer (that runs her own business) is really sweet. We are thrilled that she is joining us for our destination wedding. She is bringing her husband and daughter along to the hotel. I have also invited her husband and daughter to join us for our wedding dinner. Which I’m so happy they are.
This is the break down of fees
$2500 photography
$250 travel fee
$540 2 nights at hotel
$150 husband and daughter dinner for wedding (not including my photographer)
Would you tip? I am big on tipping, but I’m struggling with this one. I don’t want to come off as rude! Is it best to still give the 20% tip? The whole tipping thing gets me stressed out. Lol

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Latest activity by Donna Yeung, on April 20, 2019 at 02:05
  • Donna Yeung
    Devoted August 2018 British Columbia
    Donna Yeung ·
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    Hi Gina,

    You usually don't tip if they own the business. Also, you aren't required to pay their your photographers family for dinner but you've already out of courtesy included them in your wedding. I'd say, you don't have to.

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  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
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    You don't have to tip her! It's her own business and she's making more than enough money from your wedding.

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  • Meghan
    Devoted April 2019 Ontario
    Meghan ·
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    Thank you so much for the links! I have been stressing about who I need to tip...this has been a massive help!

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  • Donna
    Devoted July 2019 Ontario
    Donna ·
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    Gina, Far for me to say, but your already given the Photographer plenty just by ( having her Husband and daughter at your dinner ) So for that alone and you didn't have to do that, No tipping.

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  • Gina
    Super April 2019 Alberta
    Gina ·
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    Thanks Tori!
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  • Gina
    Super April 2019 Alberta
    Gina ·
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    Thank you!
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  • Gina
    Super April 2019 Alberta
    Gina ·
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    Oh I love that idea!
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  • Stephanie
    VIP May 2019 Ontario
    Stephanie ·
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    I agree with this! I think offering the whole family a meal is a great tip enough!

    What I plan on doing is waiting until I get my photos and videos back and if everything at that point was exceptional I will likely tip then!

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  • Peggy
    Super May 2019 Alberta
    Peggy ·
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    So, from my understanding of tipping, if a vendor owns their own business, you don't have to tip. However, you still -can-, it's just not expected. So, for me, I'd say given that you're inviting her family and covering their costs, you really don't need to tip.

    Here's a few etiquette guides:

    https://www.thespruce.com/tipping-wedding-vendors-4164638

    https://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/the-budget-guru/how-to-tip-wedding-vendors

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  • Tori
    Top October 2019 Manitoba
    Tori ·
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    I wouldn't unless you receive a card and presentation from the husband and kid... which I doubt they will give. So I would treat the meal as the tip, as well as the fact that the hotel is probably made for 3 instead of the usual 2 (1 more bed = more money most of the time).

    I would simply send a thank-you card to them just as you will do with the guests Smiley smile

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  • Becky
    VIP September 2019 Ontario
    Becky ·
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    Honestly feel same way! I realize tipping is standard but man the packages alone we pay for are expensive. One thing I find hard is that you don't even know the result of photo's when your tipping. Like catering you know if food or good or not and then doing tipping based on service and quality. But photography- you have paid for everything but don't see results until weeks/months later.

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  • Gina
    Super April 2019 Alberta
    Gina ·
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    The 20% seems so high to me too! Lol. I just don’t want to be a terrible client haha
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  • Gina
    Super April 2019 Alberta
    Gina ·
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    Their 2 nights hotel is mandatory for a destination wedding. Probably because it’s a whole day of photography that’s included, so they don’t want to travel the morning of the wedding
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  • Becky
    VIP September 2019 Ontario
    Becky ·
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    Its hard as you have gone the extra mile and invited her family and are paying for them to attend your wedding. I would take that price out of the 20%. I was basing the 20% off the photography fee alone and it would be 500. If you are going to tip I would take this off. May I ask why you are paying for 2 nights at a hotel? Is she attending the rehearsal and all that as well?

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