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Colorful & Creative Floral Designs with Naakiti

July 31, 2015
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132The countdown for the 50th Bridal Specular show is on!   Today we are interviewing Randi Garret owner of Naakiti Floral and Sit on This.  Randi’s attention to detail and innovation are what keep planners like Andera Eppolito Events and venues such as Paiute and Dragon Ridge swooning and coming back. When I think of Randi’s “style” I don’t think one genre or area of specialty, I see an individual that custom fits the design to the clients needs.

This girl is busy!  Somehow we managed to pin her down though to share a little bit more about Naakiti Floral Design.  Hi Randi!  Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to share with us today.

Planning couples have so many choices and options these days when it comes to florals and decor for their wedding, what would you like a planning couple to know about Naakiti Floral Design?

“I want my clients to know that I love weddings and look at each one of them as I am going to be in there future for the rest of there lives.”

Are there any common misconceptions about the services you provide?

“That we are too expensive but we do customize to there fixed prices.”

What sets Naakiti apart from others that provide similar services?

“Quality, customer service, attention to detail, and know we care”

It must be challenging for you to come up with so many unique designs, where do you find your inspiration?

“In Napa drinking a bottle of wine with Dalisa and Dennis,  ALTF Photogophary and Four Seasons Las Vegas”

Any final thoughts for our readers today?

“This is my passion and I want to make visions come alive. I want them to always remember me when they look at their photos and say awh that was Naakiti that did that.”

Long before the countdown for the Bridal Spectacular we begin preparing for the largest bridal show in Las Vegas with Randi. She and I sit down months prior to plan the design. Certainly there are challenges I have for Randi with a 10×10 booth. The first always is that we need a work space for several people. During the show we touch each and every bride not just talk to them. At any given time we have 3 clients in the makeup chair, 3 waiting and of course all the girls from Makeup in the 702. That’s a lot of activity in such a small space. Of course we like to display our past work, but the challenge I have for Randi is- how will the bride know I’m not a photographer? She nails it each and every time. Here are a few examples of the Makeup in the 702 booth from the past few shows.

Please join us in booth # at Cashman on August 21st and 22nd for the next Bridal Specular when you will be able to see Randi’s latest work.
Picture5In closing I want the world to know that Randi is in love with love- seriously! Any given day you can see her post quotes like these to Facebook…Lastly, and I quote Randi on this “I love being with a person that makes me not want to look at my phone”

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He said he had already decided…

July 17, 2015
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Sometimes a girl meets an amazing family and we quickly become friends. That is the case with Heather and her mom. Hands down they are some of the sweetest- most genuine and gracious ladies I’ve ever met.  We’re so happy they chose Makeup In The 702!  (Before and After for Mom and Heather)

 Now on to another AMAZING love story…..the story of Heather & Eli!

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Eli and I met in San Francisco 4 1/2 years ago. We met at a Hanukkah party and because parking is so horrible in San Francisco I almost never went. But, luckily a spot opened up right as I drove up.
I came in and saw a woman I knew, and he and his friend knew her, as well. I saw Eli and I noticed him right away. We spoke for a while, and then I left. Though our mutual friend would not give him my number, Eli still managed to find me online.

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He emailed me asked me on a date, two dates later I went to Budapest for a month. We spoke over Skype every day, and Eli asked me on our 4th date 3 weeks early for when I came back. That’s when I knew he was serious. He told me that he already decided I was his girlfriend after the first date. I always liked that he said that.

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Some advice for brides:
Do what’s right for you. Have people with you on the wedding day that will keep you low stress. Think of everyone’s personality and consider if you were in the same room with all of them during this heightened time would you stay calm and happy?

I did not have bridesmaids as I had been one before and it ruins too many important relationships even in the best of circumstances. But, if you do have bridesmaids consider whether you need an extra moment to be alone before the ceremony (after everyone’s hair and makeup is done) to just be with your mom or a close friend.

If someone asks to throw you a party….let them. They really do want to do it. It took me 6 months to let a dear friend throw me an engagement party because I didn’t want to impose!
Be clear with your vendors about what you want. I was slightly worried that I was coming across harsh because I knew what I didn’t want, but they all seemed to be happy with that attitude because in the end everyone gets what they want. Also, you need to click with them personally! If they are going to be around you on such a special day you need to like them.

 FYI – Don’t book expensive B+B’s in Hawaii! Its not worth it, GO TO THE RESORT!

 Thank you and much love to Adam Frazier Photography for capturing these spectacular moments!

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She Fell Hook, Line & Sinker

July 10, 2015
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My absolute favorite part of what Makeup In The 702 is sharing the amazing love stories of the couples we meet.   Today it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Crystal and Matthew….  this is their story.

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Matthew and I meet 11 1/2 years ago , funny story , Our brothers who are both named Michael were good friends – They spent every waking moment together, Our families attend the same church so naturally we saw quite a bit of each other. We casually started spending more time together, shuttling our brothers back and forth will do that to you. I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight, but the closer we became, We both just knew it was meant to be, not to be sappy haha, I did play hard to get for a while , It took 5 tries to get me to say yes.”

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When I finally said yes, we were out having dinner and casual conversation and his line was ” Hey Babe” wanna get married. I fell for it hook, line and sinker.  We’ve been married now for 10 yrs and are celebrating our anniversary in style in beautiful Las Vegas.”

 

 

 

We have 2 beautiful children. I am excited to see where the next 20 years take us. We’ve been by each others side through so much.
Matthew recently went back to school and did such an amazing job , graduated as Valedictorian!
He has done an incredible job as a father and a husband, he will forever be my partner in crime. I am looking forward to many more adventures with him by my side.”

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Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and our readers today. From all of us at Makeup In The 702 we wish you a lifetime of blessings, joy, and happiness.

Photo Credit: Matt Cali Photography
Ordained Minister: Tim Ritchey

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When Passion Drives You Grab The Wheel!

June 12, 2015
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biopic1_1366756121As we congratulate the class of 2015 we wish them well and much success in life. High school for most of us is where we started to develop our own ideals and passions that have shaped our lives. This week we met up with Kristen Hansen from KMH Photography this week who tells us high school is where it all started for her. As a member of her high school’s photography club she would spend countless hours perfecting her black and white prints and began experimenting with techniques and discovering her passion for image making. Following college she began shooting weddings and portraits for friends and family, in 2009 she took her passion and created KMH Photography which has really allowed her to find her style, her artistic voice and discover what fulfills her.

I get to work with so many incredibly amazing Las Vegas photographers and am always curious to know what makes it real for them.  Kristen tells us “I adore capturing real moments – real hugs, real tears, real glances, real belly laughs. During each and every wedding, my focus remains on creating memories for the couple. I want my couples to relive the crazy range of emotions they felt on their wedding day – from the nerves to the relief to the pure joy to the teary moments. If I can make them emotional over their images, I consider it a job well done. At the end of the day, that’s what makes this business the most fulfilling. I really have the best job in the world – I get to create art for a living, deliver it to clients who treasure it, and create lasting friendships with really cool people. “

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I imagine that you get to work with many other makeup artists in Las Vegas what makes working with Makeup In the 702 different for you?

“Working with Makeup in the 702 is a dream – your stylists and artists are super professional and truly know what they are doing. As a photographer, makeup and hair is so important. You have to trust that their face won’t be a different shade than their neck, that their eyelashes won’t fall off, and that their hair won’t be windblown after being outside for an hour. If I know Makeup in the 702 is working a wedding with me, I know that the bride will be stunning and her hair and makeup will last for hours.”
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Las Vegas is the “wedding capital” of the world what would you like a planning couple to know about you and your business?

“I love shooting portraits and weddings in Las Vegas and love traveling to destination locations as well. My packages are all customizable and all include digital hi-res edited images. If you’re not sure how many hours you need or how to plan your wedding day photography, not to fear! I always help my brides create a custom timeline and recommend however many hours work best for them. Just email me at info@kmh-photography.com or call me at 702-285-9588 and I’ll be happy to help!”

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It seems that there are so many choices for wedding photography these days what are some common misconceptions that you encounter in your industry?

“One misconception is that photographers are all alike. We all have our own style, personality, technique and method. I’d encourage couples to look online, pick out their favorite portfolios and meet with those photographers in person. Your photographer is going to be with you just as much as your bridal party on your wedding day – it’s important that you mesh with them and feel comfortable around them.” For me personally, I take great pride in connecting with my clients. I want to know them, what they like and who they are. By understanding them and their relationship, I’m able to create better images of them and take their likes and dislikes into account. Having a great relationship with my clients really takes my work to the next level and helps me create some beautiful memories for them.
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Every photographer finds their inspiration in different places, are there particular elements or places that inspire your creativity?

“I find inspiration in all sorts of ways! I love art, music, and films. I look at a set of wedding, art and design blogs daily to keep up on any new trends and make sure I’m feeding my creative side. I also love nature and travel, discovering new places always leads to a spark of photo inspiration and an idea of a styled shoot.”

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Thank you so much for spending time with us Kristen! Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers today?

(Smiling) “I’ve already been so wordy!  If you need any more info, just let me know!”

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Phone: 702-285-9588

Email: info@kmh-photography.com

 

 

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It Takes A Team To Build A Dream

June 5, 2015
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indexCongratulations on your engagement!  Now what! It’s time to build a team!!  Today we have some AMAZING photos for you from Alt F. Photography of the team Rebecca & Ross put together for their dream day!

Staring with the dress! Absolute layers of lovely from Vera Wang.  Who says you have to go with traditional white shoes these days?  Rebecca chose these stunning royal blue beauties from Manolo Blahnik a perfect choice! I do just love the simplicity of Rebecca’s bouquet of white roses from Naakiti floral.

Rebecca and Ross chose the Bellagio Hotel and Casino for their venue.  Perhaps one of our personal favorites!  Using wedding services provided for by the hotel streamlined many options for the planning couple such as arranging for the cake and linen coordination.

Last, but certainly not least on the list of incredible vendors coordinated for this wedding is yours truly Makeup In The 702.  As your makeup artist and your hair stylist are generally the first vendor the bride works with on her day we take that responsibility very seriously as we often set the tone for the others for the day.  Rebecca was just an absolute joy to work with.

Using a wedding coordinator, especially if you are a destination bride can really help relieve the stress of it all.  Rebecca and Ross chose Andrea Eppolito Events. As you can see there day turned out picture perfect!
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Additional wedding vendors chosen by Rebecca & Ross included:
Something New (Videography)
DJ Mike Fox & Company
Classical Entertainment Inc

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Destination Happily Ever After

May 29, 2015
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Planning a wedding is an emotional and stressful life event.  We want so many people to share our joy and happiness with us.  Like many planning couples the story of Kelly & Angela is the same.  Today we bring you the story of Kelly & Angela a destination wedding couple from Vancouver,BC.

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Feb 2013 to Oct 2014-Planning commences for the event of the YEAR! The wedding! The wedding that everyone wanted to come to and see “two chicks” get hitched. What started as a 150 person local wedding on Granville Island to a rustic 80 person event at the family cabin to a quick getaway to the Vancouver Island….the final decision was made when Nevada legalized same sex unions. They jumped at the opportunity and decided to elope with just close friends and family by their side in Las Vegas.

It all began with friendship and workplace camaraderie in the Surrey Emergency Dept 6 1/2 years ago.  Their friendship developed over attending numerous after hour events, a mini vacation to Penticton and working long night shifts together.  Over the years they traveled to many cities together; Las Vegas, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Los Angeles to name a few.  They renovated a house to build a place to call home together, experienced joy and hardships together and discovered how easy it was to love and be loved.

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Which brings us to today! Makeup in the 702 had the pleasure of being a small part of this love story and we are so grateful to have met this wonderful couple. No one can express their experience with us better than those we have had the pleasure of working with. Here’s an excerpt from a review submitted by Angela & Kelly regarding their experience with the Makeup in the 702 team.

WOW!!! I don’t know where to begin. I choose Makeup in the 702 for my wedding day as I loved their portfolio as well as their amazing competitive rates. Megan was very professional from the start to end. The communication was amazing. As a destination bride from Vancouver BC, I was unable to do a trial run for hair and makeup…So I had a lot riding on them! They were my first vendors of the day and not going to lie, my heart was racing. I opened the door to my hotel room and to my surprise I was greeted by Megan, Crystal and Kiera (I was only expecting Crystal and Kiera). Megan immediately calmed my nerves but telling me she “couldn’t miss being a part of my special day”…From that point on I felt like a princess. Having an extra stylist was great as my sister decided last minute to get her hair done….She was ecstatic and loved the final product. I can’t stress enough how amazing these women were, they never made me feel rushed, they were so pleasant and engaging to be around.

These ladies are the real deal!!!! They know their stuff and work with your chosen look for the day. I’ve had my hair and makeup done before and never have I looked so good. Rates are amazing!!!! Pricing was all inclusive and it  included full makeup application, false lashes, hair styling, extensions and my own take away lipstick….not to forget my partner had her makeup done too all for that price.

I could go on and on and on! Thank you ladies for making us look amazing on my special day…….

Thank you Kelly & Angela for choosing us to be a part of your day!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy!  Cheers and congratulations!

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Photography by Jamie Y Photography
Location: Nelson, NV

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May 2015 Sin City Woman of Business-Megan Payne

May 1, 2015
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Makeup In the 702 Owner Megan Payne was selected as the May 2015 Sin City Presents Magazine Woman of Business!

About Sin City Presents Magazine

“Sin” City Presents” Magazine delivers the back-beat of Las Vegas! There’s something for everyone! Sin City Presents, your brand, your event, your cause… Sin City Presents… YOU! Entertainment, Business & Community! “Sin” City Presents” brings you news from the back-beat of the Las Vegas Community. Featured articles include industry news from the local music and entertainment scene, leading local industries, business and causes in SIN City. A publication for you and about you.

A note from the Sin City Presents Magazine Editor, Genie Forkner.
Each month we select a shining example of women in business in our community. These women represent the epitome of professionalism and integrity in their respective industries.
Don’t forget to subscribe to Sin City Presents Magazine! It’s FREE!

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Brides and Grads Get Celebrity Treatment with Myrna Loy Photography

April 24, 2015
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When we stop to think about the milestones in our lives few compare to our high school graduation and our wedding day.  Today we are talking with a Las Vegas Photographer that specializes in capturing the moments of those two paramount moments.
Welcome Myrna Loy Photography!!!

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“Hi there! I am Myrna, owner and photographer for Myrna Loy Photography. I am a senior portrait and wedding photographer here in the beautiful Las Vegas. I have been photographing weddings for about 10 years now, 3 of those as my own business and the others as a second shooter for a photographer on the coast of North Carolina. I was excited to begin my own journey here in Las Vegas. I love coffee, the beach (which I miss dearly), spending time with my family and friends, shopping, fun jewelry, horses, and trying new things. I don’t like many sweets, but butter cream icing is my weakness.”

I’m not entirely sure if people truly understand or can appreciate the planning and thought that goes in to photographing a wedding can you tell us a little bit about your processes?

Wedding photography is not just about pulling out the camera and snapping photos during the wedding, but about capturing the moment. It is also about making sure the final product is perfection. An eight hour wedding could very well be about 20 hours of time dedicated to that couple. Between consults, planning, meeting, engagement sessions, the wedding, post-processing (editing), presenting the images, ordering, packaging, and everything in between, it is no short task. As a wedding photographer, I want to make sure that my and my couples and I are the right fit for each other. I feel that me and my clients should have that spark when we first talk, like it was meant to be. My clients are like my friends and they shall be treated like one. This also goes for my high school seniors in planning their perfect senior session.

I am a low volume wedding photographer. I want to make sure my clients get the attention they deserve, I only accept one wedding (or 2 elopements) per month. These beautiful couples get my full attention for the wedding day.”

You also specialize in portraits for graduating seniors what inspired you to choose that particular occasion to specialize in?

Graduating high school is a huge moment in a teenager’s life and I want to capture who they really are at the moment in time. I want them to look back and not just see a photo but be able to see all the fun they had throughout their senior year.

My seniors are investing in an awesome experience that they will remember forever. They will feel like a celebrity with all the outfits, locations, pro hair and makeup. They will for sure get that boost of confidence and images that their friends will envy. Seniors are so much fun to photograph!”

There are so many amazingly talented photographers here in Las Vegas, what are some the things you have done to add value to your services?

One distinction is that I offer professional makeup and hair to my brides and seniors as part of the package. They deserve to be pampered like a celeb for this special time in their lives. Makeup in the 702 has done such an amazing job and Megan you are a total sweetheart!

My wedding packages include the digitals, and album, and an engagement session. I want my couples to have something beautiful and tangible to walk away with and not just a USB of images. We have been married for 5 years and I have printed ONE image from our wedding. I want to make sure that this doesn’t happen to my clients. Our albums are fabulous heirloom quality and completely custom designed.

Weddings are just downright amazing and fun. Everything about them makes me giddy. From photographing the moment he pops the question to heading off into the sunset as newlyweds, I love it all. Psst, I still tear up at every single wedding just as if it were a family member or close friend of mine.

I am so in love with the scenery and the endless possibilities for weddings and portraits here in Las Vegas. I am a sucker for details and just head over heels in love with all things pretty. It is the little things that count just as much as those big moments. As you enjoy your day, I am there to make sure we document those moments for you to look back on and pass down for generations.

There are many amazing photographers out there that I admire, I love trying new things. I have always been an artist. I was obsessed with watercolor painting and still life pencil drawings. My mind is always going wild with new ideas and I am always excited to put them into action. My inspiration could spawn from something as simple as the colors of a pillow I saw in Home Goods.”

For those interested in working with Myrna Loy Photography please visit her website www.myrnaloyphotography.com and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

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Discovering the joy with Kristen Joy Photography

April 17, 2015
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We get to work with so many absolutely AMAZING photographers here our beautiful city of Las Vegas. Today we are so happy to introduce you to Kristen Joy Photography she truly is a “joy” to work with and seems to experience so much of her own joy from her work.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Kristen can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started as a photographer?

Hmmmm, A little about me, I love weddings, I love all the little details and joy that comes from the day. I love working with brides and seeing their visions come to life. I originally started as a family photographer, when I received the chance to be a second shooter for an amazing photographer, I realized I was missing out on all the fun! I started in 2007 and have been photographing weddings ever since.

I especially love working with you at Makeup in the 702 because you are so talented at what you do. I work to make every individual client happy and it’s hard to find others in this town with the same mindset. I remember working with you on a shoot in the dry lake bed, when I told you my ideas, you were just as excited as I was. I love that you have passion for your work and joy shines through every email and phone call.”

 

What kind of misconceptions do you think people have about wedding photography?

There can be misconceptions about wedding photography, one that sticks out to me is, when a person sees the photos after the wedding or event and says, “Wow you must have a really nice camera.” It make me giggle a bit, because all though most wedding photographers do have nice cameras, we take our job seriously and consider ourselves artists. I happen to shoot a lot of film photography as well, my film camera probably cost me less than most peoples iphones, but I can produce beautiful works of art on that 35mm camera.

There are a millions benefits to hiring a professional photographer. One major benefit to hiring a professional photographer is you will be able to view your timeless memories over and over with the confidence that they will turn out. I hear people say, “my friend just bought a camera, so he is going to photograph my wedding.” My heart hurts a bit hearing that, you spend so much money on your wedding day and are risking losing those timeless photographs.”

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What challenges and inspires you?

I find so much inspiration in Las Vegas, not the Strip and casino Vegas, but the landscape, the Red Rocks, the Dry lake Beds, the succulents, our scenery is so diverse. I love the highlighting that our unique landscape adds to my photographs. I’m so thankful to work in such a fun and inspiring community like Las Vegas. We are a hub of amazing talent and it truly pushes me to be the top in field daily.”

 

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it”~Chuck Palahniuk
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Gratuity etiquette 10 and your wedding or To tip or not to Tip

April 10, 2015
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Ok ok ok, this Friday let’s get down and dirty and talk about- money.  Yes, I know a very touchy subject for some, but I felt it necessary to dive into the subject of  “the gratuity” other wise know as “tipping” in Sin City.  Often an overlooked expense when planning your wedding so let’s delve in to this traditional practice.

635603221072648708216670680_tips-gratuitiesLet’s begin with a little history; in the 16th century guests at English mansions were expected to give a “vail” or a small amount of money at the end of their visit for the servants and the extra work they had to do while there were guests.  The word “tip’ is actually an acronym, T.I.P. actually comes from “To Insure Promptitude” which is odd in and of itself in that a gratuity is not given prior to receiving services but rather after.

The dictionary definition for the word “gratuity” is a gift of money over and above payment due for services or something given without claim or demand.

Tipping is also a cultural practice. In a city like Las Vegas there are several opportunities in our day in which it has become customary to tip.  In addition to the usual waiter or waitress we have become accustomed to tipping the valet parking attendant, the door man, the bell hop, the change girl, the showroom usher and the bartender to name a few.  In fact tipping is SO customary in our city that the IRS gets their share of it as well.  Employees that fall in to a job class defined as as tipped employee are often times paid a lower hourly rate because the IRS has made the assumption that the average amount of tips earned maintains the deficiency in the hourly rate.

In many countries tipping is not a part of their day to day practices. Tips and their amount are a matter of social custom, and the custom varies between countries and settings. In some locations tipping is discouraged and considered insulting; while in some other locations tipping is expected from customers.  In Japan for instance tipping is not a part of the culture. It is not expected and can cause confusion.  Japanese people see tipping as insulting.  Let me add one more twist to this whole tipping scenario for you, as if I haven’t given you enough to think about already.  In some regions a service charge is automatically added to your bill.

tipping-wedding-vendors-who-to-tip-how-much-amount-to-tip-wedding-vendors-tips-wedding-etiquetteSo how does this all fit in to your wedding plans?  Las Vegas remains the wedding capitol of the world and we are privileged to work with couples from virtually every country and  culture so what is a planning couple to do and what should a wedding service provider expect.

The concept of tipping is not itself difficult to understand but the who to tip and how much to tip those providing services for your wedding can be a little tricky to navigate.  This being somewhat of a hot topic we turned to “The Knot” for some recommendations.

Wedding Planner

Wedding planners won’t likely expect anything; however, if yours did a great job you can always offer a token of your appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner’s portfolio can go a long way too.) Approximately 50 percent of couples do tip their planners — typically those with more opulent weddings.

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: Up to $500, or a nice gift

When to Tip: The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or, she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

Wedding Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist

This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 – 20 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15 – 25 percent, depending upon the quality of service

When to Tip: At the end of your service

Wedding Delivery and Set-up Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site ( wedding cake , flowers, or sound system). And if a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs, or port-a-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: $5 – $10 per person

When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

Wedding Ceremony Officiant

If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. If you’re using a nondenominational officiant, no tip is required because they will charge you for their time.

Protocol:

Expected (depending on officiant)

The Standard: Donate $500+ to the church or synagogue, or, for a nondenominational officiant, an optional tip of $50 – $100

When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

Wedding Ceremony Musicians

If you worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don’t have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $15 – $20 per musician

When to Tip: At the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer/Videographer

You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any dough beyond their normal fees. Yet if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $50 – $200 per vendor

When to Tip: At the end of the reception.

Wedding Reception Staff

This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maitre d’, and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15 – 20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200 – $300 for the maitre d’.

When to Tip: If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maitre d’ at the end of the reception since you will need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Wedding Reception Attendants

When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom, and coat-room attendants the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.

Protocol: Optional, based on contract

The Standard: $20 – $25 per bartender or waiter; $1 per guest for coat room and parking attendants; $1 per car

When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, you could alternately distribute them at the beginning of the evening, to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

Whether you hire 12-piece swing band or grooving to a DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional. (Depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist!) And don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them.

Protocol: Optional, yet preferred

The Standard: $20 – $25 per musician; $50 – $150 for DJs

When to Tip: At the end of the reception, by the best man.

Wedding Transportation

Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don’t get lost!

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15 – 20 percent of the total bill

When to Tip: At the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise, this duty falls to the best man.

 

When in doubt the best rule of thumb is to follow the customs of the country you are in.  CNTraveler has a fantastic guide on gratuities in 50 countries if you would like to learn more about tipping in other cultures.    Lastly, for those receiving tips as a part of their compensation, above all just be gracious both in accepting and not receiving a gratuity.  For those giving if you aren’t sure just ask…. if it is customary they WILL let you know. When a client asks me about a gratuity I tell them “it’s never expected but always appreciated.”

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