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How to Tip Wedding Vendors: A Guide

Bride with veil
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A Handy Guide to Tipping Wedding Vendors

Planning a wedding is a delightful endeavor, but when it comes to tipping your vendors, navigating the who, what, and how much can be a bit confusing. Check out our guide to tipping below.

1. Catering Staff

These diligent souls work tirelessly to ensure your guests are well-fed and watered. It's customary to tip them, typically around 15% to 20% of the total catering bill. However, do keep an eye out, as some catering companies may include gratuity in their contracts.

2. Bartenders

Where there's a wedding, there must be libations, and your bartenders are the wizards behind the bar making it all happen. Show your appreciation with a tip of $50 to $100 per bartender, depending on the size and duration of your event. And if they've whipped up some especially magical concoctions, a little extra tip wouldn't go amiss.

3. Wedding Planner/Coordinator

Your wedding planner or coordinator is the wizard behind the curtain, ensuring that your day unfolds seamlessly. Show your gratitude with a tip of 10% to 20% of their fee. And if they've gone above and beyond to make your dreams come true, consider slipping in a heartfelt note of thanks alongside the tip.

Bridal hair
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4. Hair and Makeup Artists

Your glam squad is on hand to ensure you look positively radiant on your big day. Tipping your hair and makeup artists is customary, with a standard tip ranging from 15% to 20% of the total service cost. And if they've worked wonders with your look, a little extra tip is always appreciated.

5. Officiant

Your officiant is the voice of reason and solemnity during your wedding ceremony, guiding you through your vows with grace. While tipping isn't strictly necessary, it's a kind gesture to show appreciation for their time and expertise. A tip of $50 to $100 is a generous token of thanks.

6. Transportation

Let's not forget your trusty transportation team, ferrying you and your guests around with ease. Plan to tip your driver 15% to 20% of the total transportation cost, or a minimum of $50 per driver, depending on the level of service provided.

Groom's Boutonniere
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Additional Vendors to Consider:

- Photographer/Videographer: Capture those precious moments with grace and style. A tip of $50 to $200 per photographer/videographer is a thoughtful gesture of appreciation.

- Florist: Bring your wedding vision to life with beautiful blooms. Consider a tip of $50 to $100 for your florist, depending on the size and complexity of your floral arrangements.

- Entertainment (DJ/Band): Keep the dance floor hopping with tunes that set the mood. A tip of $50 to $200 per entertainer is a generous way to show your appreciation for their talents.

- Venue Coordinator: Your venue coordinator is your ally in making sure everything runs smoothly on your big day. Consider a tip of $100-$500 as a token of thanks for their hard work and dedication.


- Gratuity Included: Always double-check your contracts, as some vendors may already include gratuity in their fees.

- Quality Counts: Consider the level of service provided when determining tip amounts. Exceptional service deserves recognition.

- Personal Touch: A handwritten note of thanks accompanying your tip adds a thoughtful and personal touch.

- Budget Savvy: While tipping is customary, be sure to factor it into your overall wedding budget to avoid any surprises.

Armed with this guide, you can navigate the intricacies of tipping etiquette for your wedding with ease, ensuring that your vendors feel appreciated for their hard work and dedication to making your special day absolutely magical.

Black and white photo of bride with veil
Photo by Alex Gordias Photography

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