Tips and Tricks: Vendor Tipping

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One of the most frequently asked questions leading up to the wedding day is in regards to vendor tipping. With the exception of the catering staff and your beauty prep team, tips are considered a nice surprise.

If you do chose to tip 15%- 20% of your service total is a standard rate. Consider an item such as a gift or gift card if you aren’t comfortable with cash. Be cautious to read over your contracts and ensure that the tip is not already included in your price (this is often the case for transportation, catering and serving staff).

Other ways to show your vendors appreciation is by leaving a review and writing a thank you note! Refer your friends and family- this will go much further than a cash tip! Remember tips are supposed to be given for excellent service or vendors who go above and beyond their duty!

If you do tip your vendors be sure to give your envelopes to your wedding planner at your rehearsal dinner to distribute on your behalf.

Vendor Spotlight: 1409 Stationery

I am lucky enough to work with some of the best professionals in the business day in and day out. I like to think I show our vendors love with every wedding I send their way, but sometimes, it’s just not enough. To let my vendors know just how much I love them and how I couldn’t do what I do without them, I’ve come up with a way to shine the light on these incredibly talented artists.

My second post in this mini-series is spotlighting Josh from 1409 Boutique Stationery Design. From the moment I met Josh in a small town coffee shop, I knew he had untapped potential. His ability to capture elegance and sophistication through a set of stationery was beyond measure. 

Here’s what Josh had to say when I sat down with him.

Company Name: 1409 Boutique Stationery Design

Type of Work: We design personalized Wedding and Event Stationery

Years in Business: 2 years

Location: Grand Valley, Ontario

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Tell us a little bit about your company.

The story of 1409 starts in a condo elevator in 2013 on a very normal morning on my way to work, this is where I met my wife for the first time. 1409 is a reflection of the love and happiness you can find in another, even in the most unlikely of places.

 …It was also the sum of our apartment numbers.

 1409 is a boutique shop offering a range of luxury, beautifully designed, cheerful invitations including event stationery and seasonal designs which are infused with charm and charisma to make it easier to bring friends and family to any event, celebration or special moment.

What sets you apart from other vendors within your line of work?

The excitement one gets when they receive a personalized envelope in the mail, that is not the average bill or junk, is almost a rare feeling nowadays. It is the moment when the wedding experience first starts for your guests and the first impression of the most important day of your life.

1409 strives to make this moment perfect, for every couple and for every event.

What’s your favorite part about a wedding?

Successfully completing the almost impossible task of bringing all the most important people in a couple’s life to one celebration. Having experienced it myself, it is one of the most amazing sights to witness.

What is something you wish couples knew?

Not to sweat the small stuff.

It’s inevitable that a couple will stress over minor details with décor, seating arrangements, etc. Once the day comes and you’re with all of your most loved family and friends, those small things will be the absolute last thing on your mind.

Any Tips for newly engaged couples?

 Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Vendor Spotlight: Patrick G Films

In case you didn’t truly feel my excitement in today’s Instagram post, let me share with you again just how pumped I am to be starting this blog mini-series! I am lucky enough to work with some of the best professionals in the business day in and day out. I like to think I show our vendors love with every wedding I send their way, but sometimes, it’s just not enough. To let my vendors know just how much I love them and how I couldn’t do what I do without them, I’ve come up with a way to shine the light on these incredibly talented artists.

I'm getting this mini-series underway by spotlighting Patrick Godfrey from Patrick G Films, a wedding videographer. From the moment I met Patrick, I knew I’d found true talent. His ability to capture beauty and grace through a lens is unparalleled and is matched only by his incredibly humble outlook on his work. This guy seriously can do no wrong.

Here’s what Patrick had to say when I sat down with him.

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 Company Name: Patrick G Films

 Type of Work: Videography

 Years in Business: 2

 Location: Waterloo, Ontario

 Tell us a little bit about your company.

Patrick G Films is a personable videography experience that lets you enjoy your wedding day. As a groom to be myself, I designed my packages and wedding day experience around what my fiance and I would want.

 What sets you apart from other vendors within your line of work?

 I like to capture your day as it happens. The candid moments where you grandpa was looking at you when you didn’t notice, your mom wiping away a tear as she watches you and you father walk down the aisle. Instead of setting up fake moments, I look for moments such as those so that your wedding film represents you and your family.

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 What’s your favorite part about a wedding?

 I am a sucker for first dances. Seeing your parents hold you for 3 minutes always tugs at my heartstrings. And the best part is that every dance is different. The songs can be the same but the moments are always special. Some dances are full of laughter, some are full of tears and others are quiet so they can enjoy every second.

What is something you wish couples knew?

I wish couples knew that vendors are not all bad people. As someone planning his own wedding, I have been through the ringer with inexperienced vendors myself. However, the more research you do and questions you ask, you can get to know the people you are inviting into your lives and it almost guarentees an amazing time. We are just people who love weddings and we want to give you the best we possibly can.

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 Why do you think a couple should hire a planner?

If you have never swapped out an engine, would you just start doing it? No, you would hire a mechanic. When your water heater breaks would you decide to just shut off your houses water and swap that out? No, you would hire someone who knows what they are doing. A wedding is a big job that can cause months of stress if you are unsure of how to do it. A planner has done it and it is there job to take on the stresses of planning.

 Any tips for newly engaged couples?

 Enjoy your time being engaged. Take each other on planning dates. Go on long walks. Enjoy this time of being engaged because it flies by. Capture as many moments as you can. Remember how you first met and those butterflies you got when you first kissed. Weddings can be stressful but if you remain in love, it won’t matter one bit.

Patrick Godfrey