We know that you have been saving and planning for your perfect day-- but there may be one expense that you haven't thought of: tipping your vendors! Tipping is a great way to say "Thank You" to the people who are working so hard to make your day special! Right as Rayne Events is here to give you all the details on tipping at your wedding.
One Note Before We Begin: Though tipping at weddings has become custom in all service areas, it isn't mandatory or even expected by most wedding pros. Tips are considered a nice surprise by almost all vendors!
Here is the tipping etiquette for different vendors:
Catering: If your contract doesn't include gratuity, you should tip 15 to 20 percent of the total bill. Another way to tip is offering $50 to $100 for each chef and $20 to $50 per server.
When to Tip: If it's covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have one of your parents or an attendant hand the envelope to the maître d' at the end of the reception, since you'll need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.
Photographer and videographer: You're not required to tip them if they own the studio. If they don't, then giving them an extra $50 to $200 is a nice gesture. If there are two or three shooters, giving a $50 to $100 tip to each person (who doesn't own the business) is optional.
When to Tip: Tip your photographer and videographer at the end of the reception.
Ceremony staff and reception staff: It's not mandatory to tip the ceremony staff, reception staff and delivery staff, but if you'd like to, then you can offer them $20-$50 each.
When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can distribute the tip.
Officiant: Often times officiants won't accept tips, but a $100 donation to their church is a great way to thank them. If the officiant is non-denominational, consider giving them a $100 tip, especially if they aren't charging for your service.
When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have a responsible attendant pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.
Hair and makeup artist: A 15 to 20 percent tip is expected, just like it would be for any other regular salon visit, but it isn't required.
When to Tip: Tip your beauty stylists at the end of your service.
Band or DJ: Offering a 10 to 15 percent tip is a nice gesture to your band or DJ, especially if they have to carry a lot of heavy equipment from one location to the next. For musicians, a $25 to $50 tip per band member is appropriate.
When to Tip: An attendant should tip the musicians or DJ at the end of the reception.
Transportation: A 15 percent tip is optional if it isn't included in the contract.
When to Tip: Tip transportation pros 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 a designated attendant.
Florist: The florist doesn't expect a tip. However, if they do an outstanding job, you can consider giving them a 10 to 15 percent tip after services are rendered.
When to Tip: An attendant the florist delivers the flowers to the ceremony/reception site.
Wedding planner: Wedding planners won't expect a tip, so this is optional based on service. If you were given a huge discount or the planner went far above and beyond their contracted services, offering a tip of 10 to 20 percent is a nice way of saying "thank you" for the efforts.
When to Tip: Hand off the envelope at the end of the reception or send a thank-you note with photos or a check right after the honeymoon.
Here are a few suggestions if you can't give a monetary tip:
- A thank you note
- A small gift
and possibly the most important... A REVIEW! Leaving your vendors a review on their website, or other wedding service websites like The Knot are a great way to show your vendor how much you appreciate them. Your positive review will help them book future clients and allow them to keep doing the work that they love to do!
We hope this helps when you are setting your wedding budget and thinking about how to show your vendors just how much you love and appreciate them!