One of the most asked question “How much to tip wedding vendors?”. This question has been asked all around the internet and thought I would make a little guide on it. Not all vendors are consider here as I am not quite sure, but I got the ones I have the most interaction with.
Tipping can be one of those awkward things (which is why tip guides are always helpful), especially if you’ve planned your budget down to the dollar. We all know what’s appropriate for our bartender at our favorite local venue, but when it comes to a wedding the game can be a little confusing.
As a wedding photographer, I normally encourage my clients to consider advice that fits their budget and leaves their provider feeling the love after saying “Yes, I do”, the bouquet has been thrown, and the ceremony is closed. Here are some guidelines and tips to keep in mind when creating your tip envelopes.
It is customary to tip 15-20 % of their fee up to $500 or give a personal gift. In most cases, your wedding coordinator has been your confidant, the person you turned to when you needed advice, and could very well be your seventh bridesmaid for your wedding day. As a wedding photographer, sometimes it’s the wedding photographer who you turn to when a wedding coordinator is not available or you didn’t have one for your wedding day. Thoughtful gifts always make a lasting impression and make us love their work much more.
- Recommended: 15-20% of their fee, $500 or a personal gift
- When: after the wedding reception or after returning from honeymoon
Your wedding photographer is on your feet all day, and at times when you do not have a wedding coordinator, they are the ones you seek for advice. They come in early to take photos while your makeup artists are putting the finishing touches. A wedding photographer also stays longer during the wedding to capture those happy smiles as you and your beloved jumped into the escape car. They are always making sure that they have the correct setting for an environment that keeps changing from daylight to nighttime. Tipping your photographer is not always necessary, but when they go above and beyond to capture those unique moments in life, a tip is always the perfect way to show your appreciation.
- Recommended: $50 to $300 each or a nice gift!
- When: at the end of the wedding reception, before you jump in your escape car, or at the end
Just like the basic tip for a photographer and wedding coordinator, consider a tip if your florist made a personal experience during his time with you. You may also consider looking for a meaningful gift for them while on your honeymoon.
- Recommended: $10 to $20 per person
- When: drop off cash envelopes day before the wedding to the florist so they can hand out the tips
Many catering services will automatically add a tip to your final bill. Be sure to check before you set a side some tip for the staff. If not include tip 15 to 20% percent of the final bill, just like you would do in a restaurant.
- Recommended: 15 to 20% of the final bill
- When: at the end of the reception or give before the start to inspire fab services!
Hair & Makeup
As you would in a hairdressing salon, tipping in this instances is the same. Hanging around anywhere within the 15 to 20% percent range lets your artists know that you were happy with the end result.
- Recommended: 15 to 20%
- When: they are done with hair and makeup
Often the officiant’s fee is based on donations. If your officiant is from a religious affiliation, consider making a donation to the church, synagogue, or place of worship. If you pay a fixed fee, no additional tip is necessary.
- Recommended: donate $100 – $500, if they spent time with you leading up to the wedding, consider tipping them
- When: most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding, otherwise consider passing an envelope during reception
We can completely understand how much stressful wedding planning can be. After all we do see all the chaos haha. But we do hope you enjoy our guide for “How much to tip wedding vendors”. Please feel free to share this with friends or family that might find this useful.
Customs inflections vary by profession, as well as whether or not the contracted vendor owns the business. For example, if your DJ is freelance and you don’t have to worry about 75% of the total amount paid going back into someone else’s pocket, a tip is appreciated, but not required. But then also consider if your DJ totally rocked the reception or not and whether how well did he/she do following your playlist.
- Recommended: $50 to $150
- When: at the end of the wedding reception
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