Tipping can be confusing – and when you’re hosting a wedding it can be easy to get overwhelmed with knowing who to tip and what to tip them.
While you look at your wedding budget, it’s important to leave space in there for giving your vendors gratuities. While tipping is not mandatory, it is customary for a job well done. If you received exceptional service, your vendors will also appreciate an online review or recommendation once things settle down after your big day.
Before your wedding, it’s a good idea to designate one person to pay your vendors and tip them, whether that is a parent, friend, wedding party member, or your wedding planner. Make an envelope for each vendor that is due money the day of your wedding and label them clearly with the payment and your tip. This will take the stress off of you so that you can relax and enjoy your special day.
Now let’s take a look at tipping…
Hair and Makeup: Just as you would tip inside a hair salon, your hair and makeup artists should be tipped between 15-25%.
Wedding Planner: Your wedding planner won’t be expecting a tip, but if she or he went above and beyond for your big day then a tip is a great way to say “thank you.” Consider leaving a review online or recommending your planner to friends who become engaged.
Deliveries: If you have things like flowers or a wedding cake being delivered the day of, it’s always nice to give the delivery man/woman a couple dollars for helping out.
Band/DJ: Tip your musicians for their talents at your wedding – they are setting the mood of the ceremony and reception. Giving your DJ a 10-20% tip, while tipping band members anywhere from $20-50 is appropriate.
Transportation: Check your contract to see if gratuity is included in your wedding transportation. If it isn’t, plan on tipping 20%. at the end of the night after the last ride has been completed.
Photographer/Videographer: Tipping your photographer and videographer is optional, but if they do an exceptional job then consider giving them something extra with a thank you note.
Officiant: Your officiant will not expect a tip, but a donation to their church or temple is a kind gesture.
Keep in mind that tipping is never required, but always is a nice surprise and way to show your gratitude. Online reviews and referrals are another great way to show how much you appreciate your vendors making your wedding day everything you dreamed it would be!