Did you know a vendor gift was a thing? I didn’t! It makes sense though, I can’t wait to pamper our vendors a little bit after they’ve done so much for us. (A long-distance couple can’t be easy and/or conventional.)
Here are some really great ideas for your vendors, to show them a little extra love. This includes some “free things” as well as really cute gifts that are either edible or usable in the future!
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Vendor Gift Ideas
1.Heartfelt Thank You Note
This may seem cliche, but I think a heartfelt thank you note for their work along with their tip can mean so much! Wedding vendors really do care about their clients and love helping in someone’s special day!
2. A Sweet Treat
Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth? Try to give them something sweet local to the area (handmade, or their favorite candy (that you know they love!).
Since Matt and I are living in Boston, we’re planning on giving our vendors these delicious Seacoast Sweets S’more Patties. (Just in case you didn’t know, I am actually obsessed with s’mores, I was so disappointed when we couldn’t have them for dessert at our wedding!)
3. Something to Pour
We all know that work can be stressful, no matter what industry you work in! Think a great bottle of their favorite or local wine, or a bottle of their favorite local bourbon! You also can’t go wrong with a fun new beer for them!
4. A Cute Mug for Their Workdays
Your photographer, florist, and decorator most likely run on coffee during wedding season. Give them a little something to keep their coffee cold or hot!
5. A Great Review
One of the best ways to thank your vendors is to give them a great review on WeddingWire! Help other brides and grooms find your amazing vendor by reviewing them, and then also sharing your review on social media! If they ask and you’re willing, provide a great review for them for their website and promotional materials!
1. Decide on Your Tips Before Your Wedding Day
This sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s important to decide on what you’re going to tip before otherwise, you might forget at the end of the night. It’s a crazy day, and you would hate not to tip someone who deserves it! You can always add later.
2. Check if Gratuity is Added
Nowadays gratuity is often already factored into the cost of the service. Check your vendor contracts and make sure that you’re not double tipping!
3. Tip In Cash
Credit card or check may be easier, but it’s actually kinder to tip in cash. It has to do with tax law, but as someone who has worked in the service industry, cash is king!
4. Use Envelopes
Create and label tip envelopes the week before your wedding! Designate someone in your wedding party to help hand them out, or give them to your day-of coordinator! With everything happening at the end of the night, the last thing you want is to be worrying about tipping your vendors.
5. Who & How Much Should You Tip?
This is one of the biggest questions we had. One of the biggest things to remember is if they own their business or not. If they do, it’s customary not to tip them. Not going to tip them but really appreciate everything they did? I would definitely do a small gift for them (from the list above!)
If you do decide to tip them, here is a great guide to tipping from WeddingWire!
Have you had to tip at a wedding before? Are you a wedding professional who’s been tipped? Have you ever worked in the wedding industry?
If you’re not into weddings right now, what do you think about tipping? What’s your philosophy on it?
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