Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Not only is it essential to plan for the big day itself, but also the vendors who will contribute to making it truly special. One aspect that couples often need clarification on is tipping etiquette for wedding vendors. In this guide, we’ll break down which vendors you should consider tipping, how much is customary, and which vendors typically do not require a tip.
Vendors to tip
Your wedding planner or coordinator is pivotal in ensuring everything runs smoothly. A tip of 10-20% of their fee is customary, or a flat amount ranging from $100 to $500, depending on the scope of their services.
For catering staff, in essence, they are the waiters who have been taking care of not just your table but an entire room of your guests. So it’s customary to tip 15-20% of the total catering bill. Check your contract, as some caterers may include gratuity in their fees.
Hair and Makeup Artists
Like any salon service, tipping your hair and makeup artists is standard. Plan to tip 15-20% of their total service cost, given the effort they put into making you look stunning on your special day.
Photographers and Videographers
IMPORTANT: I would like to make a distinction here because, unlike other types of vendors, there are small business owners who will be personally shooting your wedding, and there are larger companies who select staff for your event and depending on the type of company you choose determines whether tipping is HIGHLY suggested or not.
Small business and the owner will be shooting your wedding
While not mandatory, many couples tip their photographers and videographers as a gesture of appreciation. A tip of $50 to $200 per vendor is a thoughtful way to acknowledge their hard work and dedication. I don’t personally expect a tip from my couples, although it is always appreciated.
When I was on a hiatus as a business owner, I frequently picked up weddings from companies that outsourced their talent. There are national companies as well as regional ones. It would be best if you planned on tipping them $50 – $200 per vendor. They don’t make much per hour, and that show of gratitude is highly appreciated.
Suppose your Officiant is not affiliated with a religious institution and does not charge a fee. In that case, a tip of $50 to $100 is a gracious way to show gratitude. My husband and I were married by a county clerk who agreed to come to our venue. He didn’t want cash but wanted a coffee maker, so that was his tip.
Vendors who don’t require tips
Venues usually have a built-in service charge or gratuity included in their fees, so a separate tip is unnecessary and optional. Check your contract to confirm.
While tipping is not required for florists, it’s always appreciated if they’ve gone above and beyond. A thank-you note or positive review is a lovely alternative.
Dj Or Band
Tipping your entertainment is not mandatory, but if they’ve exceeded your expectations, consider a tip of $50 to $100 per band member or DJ. Again, If you are using a national or regional service, I would plan on tipping your actual DJ.
If your transportation service includes a gratuity in their contract, an additional tip is unnecessary and optional. Otherwise, a tip of 15-20% of the total bill is standard.
Remember, tipping is a personal choice, and it’s always appreciated but not obligatory. It’s essential to consider the level of service each vendor provides and express your gratitude accordingly. Communicate with your vendors, read contracts carefully, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve honored those who have contributed to making your wedding day unforgettable. Congratulations once again!