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Figuring out how much to tip wedding vendors can be tricky, but wedding tipping is an important way to show your appreciation for your pros' hard work. To avoid scrambling on the day of, we recommend creating a list of who to tip at your wedding and organizing the cash tips into envelopes well in advance of your wedding day. While it’s extra-nice if you are able to hand the tips to your vendors on your wedding day, it might not be possible (you’re going to be super-busy!). Instead, have your wedding planner or a member of your wedding party be responsible for handing out the tips, which should be handed out after the service is rendered. Another great way to thank your vendors? Write them a review on a site like WeddingWire!
Check out this list to help you decide how much to tip your wedding vendors (note that not all wedding vendors traditionally receive tips!).
Hair and MakeupYour hair and makeup pros work hard to ensure that you and your crew look their best—so knowing how much to tip these wedding vendors is important! Hair and makeup pros should receive 15 to 20 percent of their fee.
CateringIf you’re wondering how much to tip wedding vendors, your caterer will likely be at the top of the list—food will be a super-important part of your wedding! Usually a caterer's tip is included in their service fee, but if not, tip 15 to 20 percent of the food bill.
Wait StaffThe servers at your wedding will ensure that your guests receive their meals in a timely and efficient fashion. Each server should receive about $20 or more.
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BartendersBartenders keep the drinks flowing all night long—how much do you tip these wedding vendors? Turns out each bartender should receive 10 to 15 percent of the total bar tab.
Wedding PlannerWhen considering who to tip at your wedding, you might think that your wedding planner requires gratuity. Actually, wedding planners don't usually receive tips, but if you feel yours went above and beyond, you may tip 10 to 20 percent.
Photographer and VideographerIf a photographer or videographer owns their business, no tip is necessary. If that’s not the case and your photographer or videographer works for a larger company, tipping them $100 to $200 is a nice gesture.
OfficiantWhether your officiant is affiliated with a house of worship (church, synagogue, etc.) will determine how much to tip these wedding vendors. If your officiant is affiliated with a house of worship, give an additional donation of $100 to $300 to his/her institution. For a civil officiant, you may tip $50 to $100.
Ceremony Musicians and/or Wedding BandIf you’ve hired live musicians to perform during your ceremony or reception, each player should be tipped $25 to $50.
DJYour wedding DJ not only plays music, but often serves as the emcee for the evening—a big role to be sure. When deciding how much to tip this wedding vendor, the rule of thumb is that he or she should receive 10 to 15 percent of the total bill.
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