Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ask Rashana: Need Tips On Tipping

Dear Rashana,
I'm in need of some guidance about tipping. How does tipping vary if the vendor is the owner of the company? Does this matter? I'm sure you can give this confused gal some good advice.

Need Tips On Tipping

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Dear Need Tips On Tipping,
This is an excellent question! I wrote about gratuity etiquette once before, but I think focusing on owners of companies is important because most folks are not sure if there's a difference. But yes, there is a difference.

When it comes to gratuities, there really are no concrete rules. Nevertheless, my advise to my clients when the vendor working on their event is also the business owner that tipping him/her is optional. Of course, if they've gone above and beyond for you, you may chose to show your appreciation with a gratuity, but it's not required and shouldn't be expected. Exceptional vendors who are not owners of the company should probably receive a tip however.

Please also remember,
  • Whether you tip or not, all vendors would love a thank you card. It is a great way to show that you were pleased with the job they did for you and it may help them book future clients.
  • All tips should be given in cash.
  • Tips should be given just before your vendor leaves.
  • No one/single person should receive a tip over $150. For instance: Your photography bill is $3000. 10% - 15% of that total is 300 or 400 dollars, which is not necessary.
Hope this helps!

Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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