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 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. The last thing you want to do is double tip.
- Waitstaff: 15-20% of the total food bill -- If there is a service charge, you should only tip if the service was exceptional
- Bartenders: 15-20% of the total bar bill -- If there is a service charge, you should only tip if the service was exceptional
- Officiant: $50-$100
- Musicians: $20-$50 each
- Photographer / Videographer: $50-200 per vendor
- DJ / Band: $50-$150 or $15-20 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. My best advice is to separate all of your tips [cash] and put these in a labeled and sealed envelope [i.e. DJ TIP]. This way, your wedding planner/coordinator, mom -- or whoever you trust to hand out tips throughout the day will easily be able to hand out the tips and know exactly what goes where. If you're looking for further advice or have questions, Events by Melody is here to help!