Your vendors are the pros that turn your wedding day dreams into a reality. And while they will undoubtedly work hard to make you happy, you also want to make sure they’re well taken care of on the big day. Here are five questions you might not know the answer to, but you should.
1. How much should I tip?
First, read your vendor contracts thoroughly–some will have tipping info and expectations included. If there is nothing there, keep in mind that wedding pros who own their own businesses (like your photographer and cake baker, for example) are typically not tipped. But other providers, such as caterers, wait staff, bartenders, musicians and limo drivers, should get an extra something for a job well done. A tip of 15 to 20 percent of the food and beverage bill would be given to the caterer, who then tips the wait staff. In addition, 10 to 15 percent of the bar bill goes to the bartenders. Reception musicians and DJs are generally tipped $20 to $25 each.
2. Do I need to feed every vendor?
Yes. You should plan to feed any vendors who will be there with you at the reception, such as the photographer, videographer, DJ and band. Unless your vendor prefers otherwise, give them the same meal as your guests. Many caterers even give couples a discount on vendor meals, so be sure to discuss it with him beforehand.
3. Should I send a thank you note?
It is always a nice touch to send a thank you note to your vendors, especially if you were happy with their work. They often use these notes as references to gain other business, and who doesn’t appreciate getting complimented for a job well done?
4. Do I need to write an online review?
Think about how those reviews probably helped you during the planning process: Your review–positive or negative–can ultimately help another bride hire the right vendors for her wedding day. Sites like Yelp.com, WeddingWire.com and OneWed.com allow you to post reviews that other couples can read.
5. What if I wasn’t completely satisfied with a service?
Most reputable vendors want to hear how they can improve on their service. So if something wasn’t 100 percent up to your standards, let the company know and give them a chance to make it up to you before you go online and write a negative review.