Tipping 101: How Much Should You Tip Your Vendors?

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With so many wedding expenses, gratuity can add up -- and fast! What it really comes down to is who should you tip and how much. Honestly there's no right or wrong answer -- but we're just here to offer some advice!

Tipping is by no means mandatory, however, it's a simple way to thank your vendors and let them know you appreciate them!

  • Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: 15-20% of the total

  • Caterer: 15-20% of the total bill -- Read the contract carefully! Sometimes gratuity is already included in the fine print. Also, we realize this amount adds up FAST, therefore, it is acceptable to offer $50 to $100 for each chef and $20 to $50 per server instead of the 15-20%.

  • Officiant: $50-$100. However, if your Officiant is with a church, feel free to make a donation directly to the church instead.

  • Musicians: $20-$50 each

  • Photographer / Videographer: $50-200 per vendor

  • DJ / Band: $50-$150 or $20-50 per musician

  • Transportation: 15-20% of the total bill

  • Delivery Staff [Florist, Rentals, etc.]: $10-20 per person

Most of your vendors should be tipped toward the end of the night. An example of tipping earlier in the day might include your officiant who leaves right after the ceremony. Our best advice is to separate all of your tips [cash or check is acceptable] and put these in a labeled and sealed envelope [i.e. DJ TIP]. This way, your wedding planner/coordinator, mom, personal attendant -- or whoever you trust to hand out tips throughout the day will easily be able to hand these out and will know exactly what goes where. Also, please note that your tip doesn’t have to consist of a monetary value as we’re seeing lots of couples thank their vendors with a handwritten note and small gift such as a gift card or personalized gift. If you're looking for further advice or have any questions, we’re here to help!

Melody Hall