I see different discussions on social media and online wedding forum communities about tipping wedding vendors. I’m not here to tell anyone they need to tip their vendors or how much to tip them. Plenty of resources online for that. But more rather who to tip, how to deem a vendor or service provider is deserving, etc.

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Who should you tip?

Any vendor you feel worked hard to provide the goods and a good overall experience on your wedding day. If the cake maker shows up an hour late and the cake is not in perfect condition, well. Needless to say that vendor doesn’t deserve a tip. It’s a personal choice. I don’t personally expect a couple to tip since they’re paying good money to hire me in the first place. But as their wedding photographer who has an important role in their story and experience on their day, I always appreciate it when it happens. Reviews are equally valuable to me. There’s one ugly misconception around the internet, and it makes my blood boil.

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You don’t tip business owners do you?

Why wouldn’t you, if you were going to tip that vendor and the person providing the service was the owner? That is utter nonsense. I don’t know where that idea came from. Obviously, if it’s a larger operation and the owner wasn’t involved, that’s a different story.

I’m the owner and sole operator of my business. What does that mean? Nothing. I hire contract labor for assistants but it’s me who meets with clients, emails them, does the photography, provides design and does post production. Also puts together the online galleries and print goods. If I’m hands on, why is someone working for another company more deserving of a tip? Ignorant. Basically, no one is obligated to tip. If you do, whoever was hands on and went above and beyond for you are good candidates for a tip. If you feel inclined.

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If you feel like tipping wedding vendors who served you, there are a couple different ways to do it. Provide envelopes at the wedding, or send them a check or gift card in the mail afterwards. This way you can assess who the most valuable players were. Or if you don’t, that’s fine too. We know it was an expensive proposition, but we’d love you forever if you write us reviews.