If you are planning an event or wedding, you may be wondering if you need a planner or coordinator to help with your Big Day. Should you need some help figuring out what an event planner really does, perhaps the list below will help!
My Big Day Events presents,
The Top Ten Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner
Quite often we get the question, how much should I tip my vendors? Honestly, tipping suggestions vary from person to person, and expert to expert.
Based on our research, and years of event experience, here is what we recommend. Be sure to download our handy tipping sheet for future reference!
My Big Day Guide to:
Tipping Vendors and Weddings and Events
Tips are never expected, but always appreciated. Tips are meant solely as an expression of appreciation for especially good service. Unless the service provided was less than satisfactory, it is customary to show your gratitude by tipping many of the people involved in making your event a success.
My Big Day Tipping Tips:
Check Your Contracts & Agreements
Many gratuities are built into quotes for major items, such as, catering. This will appear as a ‘Service Fee,’ a ‘Service Charge,’ or any amount that is approximately 15 - 20% of the total contract. Read your contract carefully to avoid unnecessarily double-tipping.
Don’t Tip the Venue /Owners
If your photographer owns the studio, there’s no need to tip them. The same goes for bands not booked through an agency, the owner of a wedding venue, and the beauty-shop owner who does your hair.
Reward Extraordinary Service
Beyond the customary tips, when someone goes out of their way for you―the DJ digs up that old recording that will make your Grammy misty-eyed… the florist finds you that rare flower not in season… the event planner goes above and beyond adding little touches not contracted, etc… consider thanking them with a gift certificate, a bottle of wine, or another thoughtful token.
Put Someone in Charge
Assign someone you can rely on… one of the fathers, the best man, your super-organized maid of honor - to hand out envelopes with the non-contract tips in cash, either at the time of service (hair and makeup people), at the end of the wedding (which allows you to adjust the size of the tips to reflect the service), or at the beginning.
Simple Tip Chart:
Bartenders: 10 percent of the total liquor bill (to be split among them)
Band or DJ: $20 - $25 per musician; $50 - $150 for DJs
Photographer/videographer: If you’re paying a flat fee with no overtime, $100
Catering manager: $200+ or a personal gift
Makeup artist: 15 to 20 percent
Event/Wedding planner: 15 – 20 percent of fee
Hairstylist: 15 to 20 percent
Waiters: $20 and up each (distributed by the catering manager or maitre d’)
Wedding Musicians: 15 percent of fee for ceremony musicians; $22 to $25 per musician for reception
Delivery Staff: Cake, Flowers, Rentals, Etc. $5 to $10 per person
Bathroom attendants: $1 to $2 per guest
Coat check attendants: $1 to $2 per guest
Hotel chambermaids: $2 to $5 per room; $10 to $15 if you used a suite as your dressing room
Limo or bus drivers: 15 percent
Valet or parking attendants: $1 to $2 per car; 15 percent for valet parking
Maitre d’hotel or headwaiter: 1 to 3 percent of food and beverage fees
The annual House of Neighborly Service's "Fall into Jewels" event is this Thursday 11/7/13.
This amazing event allows attendees to shop an amazing array of bags, scarfs, costume jewelry, and fine jewelry! And all of this little luxury start at just $3!
The Fall Into Jewels event will be held at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Fountains of Loveland ballroom, 1480 Cascade Ave., Loveland.
The event is a fundraiser for the House of Neighborly Service. The jewelry is donated all year, and presented at this annual event. Tickets are on sale at House of Neighborly Service and at the door for $25. Call 970-667-4939 for details.
CLICK HERE to view the Reporter Herald Article and video
Quite regularly we get asked about private event space rentals up and down the front range. I try to write about as many venues as possible, and post them to the My Big Day Pinterest page.
Yesterday I just learned of a perfect space in Downtown Loveland, CO that seats about 30... perfect for meetings, parties, clubs, small receptions, baby showers, birthdays, etc! And the best part, they only charge $25 an hour to rent the space!
Oh wait, the better part is that it's INSIDE of a cupcake shop!
B Sweet Cupcakes is a gem in Downtown Loveland. I only wish I had known of this space earlier!
The space is a private room, tables, chairs, private bathroom access, etc. It's quiet and smells like cupcakes. Need I say more?
B Sweet Cupcakes
Location: 425 E. 4th Street, Loveland, Colorado 80537
Phone #: 970-430-7073 or 970-532-2680
Halloween Costumes 'N' More in Loveland is hosting a HUGE 2 day costume sale!
Come on over to the Outlets at Loveland this weekend.
Sale: Entire Store 50% to 75% OFF!
Dates: Friday Nov. 1st 10am-8pm & Sat Nov. 2nd 10am-5pm
Address: 5693 McWhinney Blvd, Loveland, Colorado 80538
Tell them My Big Day sent you!
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