How Much Should I Tip?

Tips are meant to be given for excellent service or for vendors who go above and beyond their contracted duties. Before dishing out gratuity, check your contracts. Some vendors, especially venues and catering companies, will include it in their contract to help eliminate confusion. 

However, if you’re needing some guidance on what you should tip your vendors, this use this as helpful guide!

OFFICIANT:

A donation of $100- $200 or more depending on the size of the ceremony or $100 to the officiant if non-denominational. 

CEREMONY MUSICIANS:

$25 each

CATERER + WAIT STAFF:

If it is not included in the contract, $50-$100 for each chef and $25-$50 per server/bartender. 

BAND OR DJ:

10-15% or $25-$50 each.

TRANSPORTATION:

If it is not included in the contract, 15-20%.

HAIR + MAKEUP:

15-20%

DELIVERIES:

$10-$20 each (but not necessary)

PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER: 

$50-$100 per shooter. 

WEDDING PLANNER:

15-20%

If you don’t have the money to shell out on tips or a personal gift, there are a few gestures that will go a long way with your team of wedding pros. Send an e-mail with a review, a handwritten thank you note or a review on their social media platforms are great ways to show appreciation and offer something the vendor can use when booking future clients. Even better, refer your vendors to your friends!

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