You’ve settled all your remaining balances. Finally, your wedding has been paid for! Oh, what’s that? Forgot something? Yes. Tipping wedding vendors. Just like any industry, tipping your wedding vendors is something you might want to consider.
Is tipping wedding vendors really necessary? While tips are not expected, they are always appreciated. It’s a simple way of showing gratitude for the services your wedding vendors provided to make your big day an unforgettable one.
Although it’s nice to personally hand out tips to your vendors on your wedding day, you’ll surely be too occupied with other things. Instead, you can ask your wedding planner to hand out the tips once the service is fulfilled.
Now, the problem is which vendor to tip and how much? This is the tricky part. That’s why we made a guide to make your tipping as easy as pie.
Wedding Vendor Tipping Guide
Wedding planner: Wedding planners may not expect a tip, but if you loved their service, offering a tip of 10 to 20 percent of their fee or a personal small gift would be greatly appreciated.
Officiant: Many wedding officiants won’t accept tips, but you can give your thanks by donating $100 to their church. If not, a small gift would be a nice token of appreciation.
Ceremony Musicians: Musicians who performed during your ceremony and reception should be tipped $25 to $50 each.
Transportation: A transportation company hired to shuttle guests to the venue may include gratuity in their contract, but if not, offering a tip of 15 to 20 percent of their fee would be nice..
Parking attendant: Again, gratuity may be included in the parking attendant’s contract, but if not, give them $1 tip per car served.
Service Staff: Offer a tip of $20-$25 for each staff that rendered service throughout the wedding.
Hair and Makeup artist: Like any regular salon visit, a tip of 15 to 20 percent of their fee is appreciated.
Rental Deliveries: If you have subscribed to rental deliveries, offer them a $5-$10 tip each.
Alterations: If you have a seamstress or tailor for your wedding dress or suit, give a tip of $10-$20 for a job well done.
DJ: Your DJ will be responsible for your music and sometimes fill the role of the emcee, so offer a tip of 15 percent of their fee.
Other Entertainment: For other entertainment, you can tip them for $25-$50 each.
Catering: Food is one of the most important in your wedding so caterers will be on top of your list to tip. Offer a tip of 15-20% of the bill if the caterer’s tip is not included in the service fee.
Florist: Tip is not expected.
Photographer: Tip is not expected.
Videographer: Tip is not expected.
As mentioned, tipping is not expected nor mandatory by most wedding vendors. So, handing out tips is a nice surprise for the vendors. But if you do not have money to shell out on tips, you can always give them a thoughtful gift and a thank you note. Who doesn’t like receiving a handwritten note? This gesture will surely warm their hearts.
Also, you can give your wedding vendors a positive review online to show appreciation for their service. And, don’t forget to refer them to your friends!