Do You Tip Friends?

Wedding etiquette questions

Recently, I posted this on Twitter:

It prompted these replies from Etiquette Advisory, Emily Post Institute and Etiquetteer:

So here’s a run-down of what to consider if a friend has offered you a service as a gift:

  • In general: We don’t tip on gifts. So opt for a heartfelt thank you note and maybe also a gift.
  • If you feel the gift was especially extravagant, worth 1,000s for example, feel free to get an extra-nice gift, like a fancy bottle of champagne.
  • If the friend has staff, tip the staff (but not the friend).

Many thanks to the etiquette experts who weighed in!

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