Tipping: How much? Why? When? Part 2 of 2


After last week’s blog, we hope you see that tipping really should be included in your budget. 

It is a “big” [expensive] deal.

It’s not out of the question to ask about tipping.  Ask other brides, your vendors, site managers, concierge and hotel employees how tipping has been handled in the past.

Plan ahead and have gratuity ready in sealed envelopes prior to the event. Have extra envelopes on hand for those unexpected lifesaving services and appoint a trustworthy person to present them to your vendors.  A plain business envelope filled with cash is fine, but adding a “thanks for everything!” will have so much more meaning to a vendor.  Ask your printing expert to create a special Thank You card for just this occasion. 

Suggested List Continued:

  • Photographers/videographers: $100–$200 if the pro is part of a larger outfit or agency (but not the owner). Second shooters should receive $50–$75.
  • Catering Manager:  $250-$500.
  • Waitstaff: 15% of the total pretax food
  • Bartenders:  10–15% of the total pretax bar bill. Request they refuse tips from the guests.
  • Reception band/DJ: $25–$50 per person.  Give a bit more if they got everyone involved.
  • Chauffeur/driver:  15–20% of the total bill
  • Valets:  $1–$2 per car given in advance.  Request they refuse tips.
  • Delivery people:  $5–$20 per person

Then there is tipping on the honeymoon!

  • Bellhop: $1–$2 per piece of luggage
  • Doorperson: $1–$2 per task for any kind of assistance
    Housekeeper: $2–$4 per day
    Concierge: $5–$20, depending on the request(s)

In light of this information, there is one thing that should be remembered in gratuity policies – the amount you leave should be based on EXCEPTIONAL service!  When someone goes over and above what is expected of them and you are pleased, show your gratitude!

Team Beauti experts want you to know we love what we do and tips are greatly appreciated.  We also consider one of the best things you can do for our team is to share your experience with other brides.  Remind your family, friends and co-workers, we are available for any occasion! 

Visit us www.teambeauti.com for more information about the company and like our Facebook page at http://www.Facebook.com/TeamBeauti – we encourage and welcome your posts.

Joanne & Peggy


Tipping….Who? When? Why?


The day is drawing near:  your dress is carefully hanging in the closet, you can almost taste the food and the cake just has to be baked and decorated. The budget is prepared and ready…or is it?  Have you covered gratuity?  Is it necessary?  Is it customary for brides to tip?  Who should be tipped? 

Let’s talk about tipping etiquette.

Tips are never obligatory―they are supposed to be expressions of appreciation for especially good service. That said, unless the service was terrible, would you walk away from a restaurant table without leaving one? The same applies to weddings: It is customary to show your gratitude by tipping many of the people involved in making yours a success.

Customary Rules:  Vendors who provide a product, like the cake or flowers, don’t usually receive tips, but vendors who provide a service, like your makeup artist or hair stylist, do.  And it is your choice of course, to tip anyone you feel has gone up and over the top for you.  If your vendor is self-employed (owns the business), tipping is most likely not expected.  Certain businesses, like caterers and transportation companies, may automatically include the gratuity—usually about 20 percent of the total bill, which you pay in advance as a condition of your contract.  Be sure to read the fine print!

 Bottom-line ladies, we feel that anyone who does a job with passion and commitment deserves gratitude from the person who pays his or her salary. On your wedding day, you can give gratuity directly to the vendor or have your appointed “person” take care of it.  [If you’re short on cash, it’s fine to tip by check or include it on a charge.]


Some suggested amounts include: 

Hair/Makeup:  15–20% of the total bill

Musicians:  $25–$50 each

Officiant:  $50 if you’re married by a judge or clerk; clergy members, in general, don’t accept tips, so instead, make a donation ($100 on average) to the appropriate house of worship.

Altar boys or girls:  $5–$10; if they decline add this amount to your donation to the church.

Wedding Planners:  The junior staffers should be tipped $50–$100 each.


This obviously is a HUGE topic.   Come back next week for Part 2!

 Peggy & Joanne




Is the Cake a Big Deal?



Your entire wedding is a BIG deal!  Careful thought has been put into each detail and although you’re the crowning glory, the cake is certainly not last on the list.

Did you know the traditional fruit wedding cake represented fertility and the cutting of the cake symbolized the first act of the couple working together in harmony?  The average three-layered wedding cake serves approximately150 people.  A wedding cake that serves 150 people can exceed $1000+ depending on the design, frosting, decorations, etc.

Let’s get down to the facts:

Your cake order can be placed as soon as you decide the wedding date.  At least one month in advance is a necessity.

Your guest count is first and foremost.  You want to be sure every guest can have a piece of the cake.  And don’t forget, the top tier of your cake is traditionally reserved for your first anniversary. 

Get to the bakery and do some cake tasting. Most bakeries have no problem with clients reserving times to come in and taste a few cakes. There are so many flavors to choose from and the tasting will be an enjoyable way for the bride and groom to bond.  You can have a cake with more than one flavor.  Do you want round or square tiers? Do you want the tiers to be stacked atop one another or separated? Then we have cake stands and toppers to think out.  The possibilities are endless….and you thought picking out your dress was tough??? 

So is your cake a big deal?  Yes, it really is!

Google bridal cake designs and browse bridal magazines for inspiration.  A reputable bakery will have photos of their work and should be open to new ideas if you wish to customize the cake of your dreams!  Be creative, make it your own and enjoy!

Joanne & Peggy 

“Yes to the dress”….now what?


The date is set, the venue has been selected and you said “yes to the dress”! 

So now what?


You don’t have to, can’t and shouldn’t try to do everything alone.  There are vendors of every size, shape, budget — some are super and some not so super.  So what can you do to make sure your BIG DAY is not marred by someone else’s mistakes? 

Here are a few pointers for today and don’t worry, we will have much more to say about this important topic in future blogs.

~ DO YOUR RESEARCH!   Do whatever you can to find out everything about the company.  Use the internet as your best tool.  The Better Business Bureau is the first place to start.  Check out the comments posted from past brides.  Go to bridal shows, bridal shops, salons…ask if they have worked in the past with a vendor you have in mind!

~ A CONSULTATION:  Once you have a vendor in the running, schedule a meeting with the person that you potentially plan to hire to actually do the work.  It’s important you meet face to face with the people who will be involved on the actual wedding day.  Make a list ahead of time of the questions you want answered.

~ REFERENCES:  Get several!  And don’t just look at the list – call the references.  Ask about any negatives that may have come up for them i.e., what happens if staff gets sick or has an unexpected emergency?  At Team Beauti we have built-in safeguards for just such emergencies!   

~ REVIEW THE WORK:  Ask to see pictures from different events they have participated in.  Team Beauti keeps before and after photos for just this purpose.  If pictures are not available, walk away!

~ GET A PRICE QUOTE:  Make sure you understand exactly what is included and excluded in the bid and get it in writing.  Eliminate any surprises right up front.  It is tempting to rule out a vendor based on price but know what you are getting for the lesser bid – it may not be worth it. And always keep in mind:  You get what you paid for! 

Don’t book based on what you see and read on the internet.  Meet face-to-face with your vendors.  Questions to ask before the meeting should include:

•    How long have you been in the business?

•    How many weddings do you do per year?

•    What associations are you a member of?

•    Will you personally be at my wedding, if not, who is?

•    Do you have a price list and do you have a contract to sign?

•    Do you have references from past clients that I can contact?





Meeting, evaluating, and deciding on your wedding vendors is crucial.  Don’t take a chance on using someone without doing your research and asking questions.  Will unexpected things happen on your BIG DAY?  YES, but with the right vendors in place, things will be taken care of and forgotten by the time you walk down the aisle!

Joanne & Peggy