For instance, there were several vendors (photog, videographer, florist, etc) that she said you don't really need to tip where I pretty much have always thought you tip them all.
Of course, this all depends on your satisfaction with their service. So since she did it, I thought I'd share a recap of how we made our tipping decisions:
Photographer: Since we were really disappointed with the images he delivered and mostly upset about all the ones he did NOT deliver, we didn't tip him anything. We paid him close to $2,000 for his services already for a 10 hour day and a second shooter. I got a great deal. His web site said his packages started at $2,500 for 8 hours for minimum coverage.
By Amber Marquez
Videographer: Though we haven't tipped him yet, he gave me a phenomenal deal on the package I wanted and went above and beyond bringing along an extra photographer who gave us some great shots our main photog didn't, an extra videographer with a second camera and a third videographer with a special 'jib' camera for some of the coolest shots in our footage. Though we haven't tipped him yet, I fully intend to send him at least another $50 with a thank you card.
By Yan Freedline
Florist: She did a phenomenal job. She included set up fees in her total charges and since she worked with my coordinator and they arranged for the coordinator to deliver everything back to her the next day (all the vases she let me use for free and such), there were no delivery charges. Though I am still on the fence about whether to send a tip or not. But she totally did a great job.
Baker: This was a family friend. We paid a heck of a lot less than most bakeries would have charged us for a cake. Since it was a friend who gave us a set cost, we didn't offer any additional tip.
DJ: I think Mr Fix It tipped him $50 at the end of the night...not sure though. I need to follow up and ask him about that.
Caterer: We loved our caterer through the whole planning process. Tax and gratuity were included in our total charges from him but he did such a good job that Mr Fix It gave the owner an extra $100 at the end of the night.
Coordinator: She was fabulous and had a team of 4 assistants. They set everything up, took all the free vase rentals back to the florist the next day and then stored all of my wedding goods until we got back from the honeymoon. Mr Fix It didn't think we needed a DOC but was so impressed with all they did and how hard they worked that he gave her $100 at the end of the night. When he realized there were 5 of them total, he felt like he should have given her more. But I told him that was plenty!
Stylist: She did a good job and I think you should tip them between 10 and 20% but I honestly think I forgot to tip her. Oh well. She must not have minded because she felt so bad about our photog situation and the fact that one of my false eyelashes was coming off after the ceremony that she offered to do my hair and makeup for free if we did a post-wedding shoot. :)
Officiant: He was a long time friend and pastor of a local church. He told us that the church accepts donations for his services typically around $500. We didn't pay him that much at all though (and that was for pre-marital counseling as well). Since this was a donation, we didn't offer a 'tip.'
Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Robert Mullins Photography