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Wedding Vendors: To Tip or Not To Tip

Should you tip wedding vendors, and if so, are there certain ones you should tip and others you shouldn’t? There are a lot of questions surrounding tipping wedding vendors, so the following information should clear it up.

Wedding Vendors: To Tip or Not To Tip

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The Delivery Staff

The men and women who deliver your wedding items, including flowers, rented tables and chairs, etc. should be tipped. This is especially true if it’s a different person from the actual florist or wedding planner, as they usually receive an hourly salary and tips that are included on bills wouldn’t automatically go to them.

The Wedding Transportation

The same goes for the wedding transportation professionals. It’s recommended that you tip based on how long these professionals will be serving you.

Wedding Vendors: To Tip or Not To Tip

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For instance, some drivers will only provide transportation from the wedding ceremony venue to the reception venue while others will wait during the reception and provide rides home.

The Wedding Officiant

Many officiants don’t charge for their services, but it is considered polite to tip them. If they don’t accept cash tips, you may want to make a donation to their organization (church, etc.) in lieu of cash.

The Reception Staff

The reception staff is one of the most important when it comes to tipping. These professionals will help ensure that your reception goes smoothly and that your guests are fed and having a great time.

Wedding Vendors: To Tip or Not To Tip

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While there may be a tip included in the final bill, you may also want to tip special servers, etc.

The Stylists

Finally, it’s important to tip the stylists that help make sure you look fantastic on your big day. This includes your hair stylist, makeup artist, etc. You should tip these professionals the same way you would for a normal session. This is typically 15% to 20% of the bill.

Making sure your vendors are tipped well is not only good etiquette, but you would appreciate it if the roles were reversed!

Budget-Friendly Wedding Invitations from Ann’s Bridal Bargains

Invitations are one of the first things future brides shop for, and they can set the tone of the entire wedding. It can be difficult to find wedding invitations that are gorgeous AND affordable, but the company we’re highlighting today does an immaculate job of providing this.

Budget-Friendly Wedding Invitations from Ann's Bridal Bargains

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 Ann’s Bridal Bargains is like a one-stop-shop for wedding supplies and most importantly, they can help you stay within your wedding budget. Here are 5 great reasons to check out this company when shopping for budget-friendly wedding invitations.

Budget-Friendly Wedding Invitations from Ann's Bridal Bargains

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1. Affordable Doesn’t Have to Mean Sacrifice

You don’t have to sacrifice your own desires in order to get affordable wedding invitations. This is perhaps the biggest benefit of this particular company. They have a wide range of affordable invitations that reflect today’s wedding trends. From rustic to shabby chic to the latest colors and looks, it’s all there.

Budget-Friendly Wedding Invitations from Ann's Bridal Bargains

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2. They are a Reputable Company

These days, it’s difficult to find a company you can trust, but this company has a great track record. Their website is full of happy customer testimonials and the company prides themselves on making sure every customer is satisfied.

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3. They Offer the Latest Trends

Most of the time, when you find affordable invitations, they’re also cheap-looking. That’s not the case with Ann’s Bridal Bargains. They offer the things that are trendy today; invitations that look like you spent a ton of money on them.

Budget-Friendly Wedding Invitations from Ann's Bridal Bargains

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4. They’re Convenient

Not only can you find excellent quality wedding invitations from Ann’s Bridal Bargains, but you can take advantage of their massive inventory of wedding items. From ring bearer pillows to customized favors, the company has everything a couple needs for a fantastic wedding.

Budget-Friendly Wedding Invitations from Ann's Bridal Bargains

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5. They Have Excellent Customer Service

It’s sad that many people have stopped expecting great customer service when shopping on the internet. The staff at Ann’s Bridal Bargains is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and will do their best to help with any question, concern or issue. They offer several ways for customers to contact them, including a toll-free phone number, live chat and email.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out their inexpensive wedding invitations, you should definitely do so now! You’re going to love the wide selection and great prices.

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Wedding Decor: DIY or Purchase?

When it comes time to start planning your wedding decor, you will have a few choices to make. One of those choices is should you do a lot of DIY decor or simply purchase it all. Here are some things you’ll want to consider when trying to make the decision.

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Do you have time to do a lot of DIY projects in order to make your wedding look fantastic? If not, you may want to consider purchasing the items. Or, you can compromise and take on a few DIY projects so that the decor has your touch but you still have plenty of time to make sure everything comes together nicely.

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Money is something you have to consider with every aspect of your wedding. If you don’t have a huge budget, you may be able to save some money by doing some DIY projects. However, you’ll really want to price the finished projects as well as the materials to create the projects, because sometimes you won’t save money by doing it yourself.

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There are some things that we simply can’t do, no matter how much we may want to. If you simply can’t do your own calligraphy or you just can’t arrange your own flowers, don’t beat yourself up. The professionals have trained and do these types of things every single day…you don’t! Don’t be afraid to hire a professional if you just can’t manage it yourself.

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By considering these points, you will be able to determine whether to do your wedding decor yourself or hire a professional.