Q + A: Tipping Tips

26 08 2007

Q: What are the tipping conventions for vendors?
A: Tips are not mandatory – they are an extra thank-you for a job well done. But unless your vendors screw up royally, it is customary to tip, just as you would in a restaurant. Check whether a gratuity or service charge is built into your fee – if it is, you do not need to add anything. But do plan on tipping your hair and makeup pros (15-20 percent), delivery people (about $10 apiece, in cash), officiant ($100-$200 or donate to the ceremony site), and parking, coat check, or restroom attendants ($1 per car or guest), waitstaff $20 each, plus more for the manager or headwaiter), and bartenders (10 percent of total liquor bill). Good news: Your bridal salon, cake baker, florist, stationers, and party rental company will not expect tips.





Q + A: Consultant Cost

26 08 2007

Q: We’re not sure if we can afford the services of a wedding consultant, but we definetly need the help. What are our options?
A: The good news: Skilled wedding consultants are trained to work within a variety of budgets, and because of their connections and expertise they are often able to save you money. Another tip: You don’t have to hire a consultant to plan your entire celebration. Many couples schedule a consultation where the planner provides a blueprint – usually a preparation guide and a list of vendors. You can also hire a consultant to oversee things on the evening before and day of the wedding. And some professionals offer their services on an hourly basis for short-term tasks like location scouting and advising on caterers and florists.





Wedding Fairs in the Chippewa Valley

26 08 2007

Find out what’s hot and what’s not at upcoming wedding events in the Chippewa Valley.

Eau Claire
October 7, 2007 : Second Annual Impressions Bridal Fair





Vendors Located in Spring Valley

26 08 2007

Photographers

Brite Idea Photography





Vendors Located in Chippewa Falls

26 08 2007

Cakes + Favors

Fancy Cakes By Staci

Venues

Lake Wissota Golf





Vendors Located in Menomonie

26 08 2007

Ceremony Sites 

VisionQuest Entertainment Center

Consultants + Planning

Amaresa’s 

DJ/Emcee

VisionQuest Entertainment Center 

Reception Venues

VisionQuest Entertainment Center





Vendors Located in Eau Claire

26 08 2007

Consultants + Planning 

Carlson Hill Event Planning + Design