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    Default Past Brides, how much did you tip for...........?

    Okay, you don't HAVE to be a past bride to respond, I just want to get an idea of what everyone tips for various things. I tend to be a big tipper and my soon-to-be hubby tends to be on the cheap side. (He was shocked the first time we went to a happy hour, where everything was half price, because I tipped 20% on what the bill would have been without the half prices savings--so a 40% tip on the actual bill. Hey, it's not the servers fault it's happy hour...they are doing the same work they do when it's not happy hour.)

    With that said, we've been paying for this whole wedding ourselves and still have a lot of money to come up with (photographer's balance, scuba certification, hair/nails, etc.....), so I would like to be generous, but not make someone's year, you know what I mean?

    So, here are the people I know we will have to tip:

    1. minister (I have no clue on this one....$25? $50?)
    2. salon services (Do people tip 15%, 20%?)
    3. luggage porters ($2 per bag okay?)
    4. couples van driver ($5 okay, or should it be $10?)
    5. driver for any excursions we do (same question as van driver)
    6. the catamaran crew (I have no clue on this one....)

    Also, is it customary to tip Elvis if we go parasailing? Say it's $120 for a couple, is just the $120 good, or should we toss in an extra tip?
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    Minister $50
    did my own hair
    only tip the airport luggage handlers $3 to$5
    Shuttle driver $5 per person
    Not sure about what kind of excursion? We always hire our own driver
    Cat cruise I cant remember we just took a bunch of omne dollar bills
    We talked the parasail down to about 90 per couple. Early Am when they are not busy you can get a better deal We did tip also. Maybe $5.00??
    Mary & Mitch

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    Think about what you would tip a taxi driver in the states for a 70 mile trip. I think it's about 70 miles from the airport to Negril. It's about 1.5 hoursto Negril and even farther to orios. We do 20 person. As far as the spa, tip what you would tip at home. We usually throw a ten in the tip jar on the cat cruise.

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    Thanks!

    As for the excursion, we are thinking of doing the horseback riding. So, it would just be another bus driver, I'm assuming.

    For the cat cruise, did you tip each of the people on board or do you just throw a tip in a bucket at the end (like a lot of cat cruises I've gone on in the past) and they just split it?
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    Stacie- How much are you planning on tipping your photographer? I have Diane Campbell for mine and I have no idea how much to tip her. I was told that we'll have the dvd and cds with the images before we leave to come back to the US so I dont know if I should be tipping her once i receive them or on my wedding day. Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toplopper View Post
    Stacie- How much are you planning on tipping your photographer? I have Diane Campbell for mine and I have no idea how much to tip her. I was told that we'll have the dvd and cds with the images before we leave to come back to the US so I dont know if I should be tipping her once i receive them or on my wedding day. Any thoughts?
    I would like to know everyones answer to this one as well! I have also booked Diana!
    Becky & Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacie & Chris View Post
    Thanks!

    As for the excursion, we are thinking of doing the horseback riding. So, it would just be another bus driver, I'm assuming.

    For the cat cruise, did you tip each of the people on board or do you just throw a tip in a bucket at the end (like a lot of cat cruises I've gone on in the past) and they just split it?
    We went horseback riding. We tipped the driver both ways, and then the horseback guides as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by softail19 View Post
    Think about what you would tip a taxi driver in the states for a 70 mile trip. I think it's about 70 miles from the airport to Negril. It's about 1.5 hoursto Negril and even farther to orios. We do 20 person. As far as the spa, tip what you would tip at home. We usually throw a ten in the tip jar on the cat cruise.
    I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one, even though I normally am a generous tipper. I would not equate him with a cab driver. If I took a cab from the airport to the resort, I would expect a large tip like that. This is a bus/van driver who is contracted through the resort, not someone who completely relies on tips for a living. At home, I wouldn't tip my greyhound bus driver at all. I might not even tip a driver on a charter bus (like an Atlantic City bus trip) if the driver was the employee of a casino. My fiance works at an airport and they have buses that shuttle them from the employee lot to the terminal. He doesn't get tipped.

    I was trying to decide between $5 and $10 a person. $80 in total dips for the shuttle driver seems like too much to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toplopper View Post
    Stacie- How much are you planning on tipping your photographer? I have Diane Campbell for mine and I have no idea how much to tip her. I was told that we'll have the dvd and cds with the images before we leave to come back to the US so I dont know if I should be tipping her once i receive them or on my wedding day. Any thoughts?
    OMG...I totally forgot about Stacey!! ACK!

    Someone chime in here on the photographer.

    I have also arranged for a videographer through Stacey. Stacey has a FB page. I just might send private messages to past brides on her page and ask what they tipped.
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    Etiquette says that if the photographer owns their own business you don't tip them.

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    Yup I agree a private taxi driver I might tip that much but a shuttle driver taking lots of couples?? Nope. As for your photographers we tipped the "resort" photographer. If I was paying high dollar for a private photographer Im not sure I would tip also. My brother in law does private wedding photography and he NEVER gets tips ontop of his big bill he charges. Not sure it should be any different in Jamaica??
    Mary & Mitch

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    Yeah I was under the assumption that we do not tip the outside photographer... If anything just a little bit on the day of, maybe?!? I would like to know what others think on this. I don't want to be "one of those people" who don't tip her when most people do, you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brynn View Post
    Etiquette says that if the photographer owns their own business you don't tip them.
    Thanks Brynn. That's kind of what I was thinking, but I wasn't sure.

    I did talk to two of her past brides on FB. One did not tip. The other tipped $100, but that was because they decided (last minute) to jump off the cliffs at Ricks. Stacey went above and beyond by driving them there.

    So, I guess that will be my stance. If she ends up going above and beyond, I'll make sure I have a tip for her.
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    I meant to write 20 dollars for the both of us. I have taken a car from the airport to CSS so it's not always a bus. I drive for a living so I realize how stressful it is sometimes, especially in Jamaica, he deserves a littlmore. He's getting us to paradise in one piece after all. I know I wouldn't drive anything in Jamaica so I'm really grateful for the ride that's all. I have seen many people tip nothing so maybe I'm trying to make up for them.

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    You must also remember that they (shuttle drivers) don't make a lot of money. I don't know how they are paid but I just appreciate his skills as it's dangerous and difficult to drive in Jamaica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by softail19 View Post
    I meant to write 20 dollars for the both of us. I have taken a car from the airport to CSS so it's not always a bus.
    Whew, okay, that's better and in the realm of what I was thinking.
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    We too tip our driver $20. He has been more then just a driver, it's more like a tour on the way to the reosrt.
    Baggage handlers $5 for 3 bags.
    Elvis we tipped $20,
    Catamaran= $20,
    spa is 20% or so.
    plan on giving our minister $50.

    What do we tip our wedding planner as cash tips are not allowed, was think a gift basket with bath products and or candy?

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    redinthehead....$20 each or total?

    Candy seems to be the popular non-monetary tip/gift, along with school supplies.
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    $20 total!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacie & Chris View Post
    redinthehead....$20 each or total?

    Candy seems to be the popular non-monetary tip/gift, along with school supplies.


    School supplies? Can you elaborate on that please?

    What kind of candy?

    We are having a non-denominational ceremony, do you think tipping the person that marries us is expected??

    Getting married on May 26 and didn't even think about any of this until I read this thread.... ahhhh!!

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    We are having a non-denominational ceremony, do you think tipping the person that marries us is expected??
    Maybe not expected but appreciated.

    School supplies: paper, pencils, crayons, markers, backpacks, ect. very expensive in Jamaica and are greatly appreciated.

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    Crayons, pens, pencils, paper.
    Hershey's
    Yes, $50 seems to be the magic number.
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