We won't be tipping vendors because prices for anything "wedding" are already inflated. If you were to have a gathering that wasn't a wedding, most prices would be lower. We're having an open bar so if any of our 29 guests want to leave a tip, that's not a problem.
All of ours have Gratuity built in ..... so I believe that is their tip correct?
A discount on vendor meals is awesome! I plan on feeding my Dj and Photographer...I shall ask if I can get a discount rate. No harm asking, right?
I think most venues/ caterers include gratuity in price (at least mine does), so I am not too worried about those. I am less sure what the expectation is for others. I might do some reading before I do or do not tip.
It's best to check your contract first! Some places build the tip into the price (my venue for instance lists the price and says "including tax and gratuity")
I've also heard that it is not as "expected" to tip private vendors, for example, if your photographer owns their own company, rather than through an agency. Which makes sense to me as they get to keep all the money, rather than having to pay a protion to the agency they work for.
We are tipping our reception as they are catering our food. Our DJ has requested that he be fed since he is working a longer shift which we have no issue. Not sure of the others. I think it's great to tip them if you are able to do so, but it's not something vendors should expect as there could be other constraints that occur for people to not be able to tip them.
Good question! I've worked in the service industry on and off for years so I don't want to be "that person" who leaves little or no tip it's others do. I'll obviously be tipping the food and beverage team and the limo driver. Would the dj and photographer get a tip? I never thought of this??