To Tip or Not to Tip?

Probably the most asked question ever—Who do I tip after my wedding and how much?! Rest assured, gratuity for most businesses is completely discretionary—never expected, but always extremely appreciated, especially for small businesses. The rule of thumb is to tip anyone who went above and beyond to help make your wedding exceptional because without them, it wouldn’t be as great as it was! If you don't want to deal with passing out tips or having to remember, just give labeled envelops to your Coordinator to hand out on your behalf! Here is a breakdown of typical vendors involved in your big day and only suggested tipping protocols.

Hairstylist and Makeup Artist
Tipping is usually expected and at the end of the service
Amount: 15-25% depending on service satisfaction

Officiant
Tipping is usually expected and can be given to them at the rehearsal or after the ceremony
Amount: $50-$200

Wedding Ceremony Musicians
Tipping is optional and usually given after the ceremony
Amount: $20-$50 per musician

Wedding Photographer and Videographer
Tipping is optional and usually given at the end of the reception
Amount: $50-$200 per vendor

Wedding Reception DJ
Tipping is usually expected and given at the end of the reception
Amount: $50-$200 for DJ & $20-$50 per band member

Florist
Tipping is optional and can be given after the event
Amount: 10-15%

Wedding Transportation
Gratuity is usually required and can be included in an invoice OR requested to be given in cash so make sure to read thoroughly! Must be given by the end of the night or at the last ride.
Amount: 15-20% of the bill

Catering Staff
Tipping is optional and can be given at the end of the reception
Amount: 10% of food costs

Bartenders
Tipping is optional and can be given at the end of the reception
Amount: $20-$100 each

Event Planner/Event Coordinator
Tipping is optional and can be given at the end of the reception
Amount: $100-$500 or a small gift


Many people wonder what the 20-22% labor/service fee is for and believe that is gratuity, but it is not. That fee covers the hourly wages for all the catering staff members as the cost of food is not sufficient to cover the wages of the personnel involved in making a wedding run smoothly.

Again, most tipping is completely discretionary and If you don’t have the money to tip, then nice gestures and reviews definitely go a long way! What’s even better than a review is a referral—so if you have a great experience make sure to tell others!

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