Should I be tipping? What wedding vendors should I tip? How much should I be tip?
There are so many details that go into planning your wedding that we bet you haven’t even thought about the tipping aspect yet. Don’t panic, we’ve got you!
Although gratuities are always appreciated in the service business they are in no way mandatory and very few of us are actually really expecting them. Now, don’t get me wrong we all love to be shown appreciation for a job well done, but a thank you card goes a long way as well. Below are just some guidelines to consider when showing the love to your service vendors after the wedding.
- We suggest all gratuities are prepped before hand in separate, sealed envelopes with the vendor’s name on the outside. This way they are ready to go on wedding day.
Download some super cute envelopes here!
- We also suggest delegating the responsibility of passing out these envelopes to someone who will recognize a job well done. Dads and wedding planners are usually pretty good at spotting exceptional service.
- Check your contracts to make sure gratuity isn’t already included in the price. If it is, it’s still nice to followup with a thank you card or an amazing review.
- Amounts may vary depending on the scope of the actual wedding, but here are some recommendations we’ve put together. In the end, tip what you are comfortable with. We promise, anything will be greatly appreciated!
- Banquet Manager: $100-$400
- Banquet Captain/Serving Staff: $100-$200 per person
- Bartenders: $50-$100 per person or percentage of alcohol bill
- Musicians: $25-$50 per person
- DJ/Band: $50-$200
- Photographers/Videographers: $50-$100 per person
- Officiant: $100 or donation to church
- Florist: $100-$400
- Hair/Makeup: 20% of total paid
- Wedding Planner: 10-15%
- Rentals/Deliveries: $10-$25 per person
- Transportation: $50-$100