Wedding Tipping Etiquette: How Much Should I Tip Wedding Vendors?

A question we are most asked is “How much should I tip wedding vendors?”

As planners and coordinators, we are always happy to provide proper wedding etiquette information to our clients.

One of the most frequent questions we get asked by brides is how much to tip wedding vendors. It is important to remember that most of the vendors you will use for your wedding are a part of the service industry, and as with any service, tips are greatly recommended and appreciated. However, it can get confusing on just exactly who to tip and what is appropriate. Below is a breakdown by vendor.

Catering (Waitstaff & Bartenders)

When going over the contract with your caterer and bartending service, make sure to look for and/or ask if gratuity for the staff is included. While most of the time it is, it is customary to tip 15-20% of the bill if not. If you feel that the waitstaff went above and beyond, an additional $20-$50 per person at the end of the night is recommended.

Hair & Makeup

Just as you would tip your regular hairstylist, tipping your hair and makeup artists 15-20% of the bill is recommended. Tip after they have completed the service.

Photographer & Videographer

Tipping is not typically expected or required for your photographer and videographer, however, a personal gift or thank you note would be a kind gesture. We always love reviews!

Officiant

It is customary to tip $100+ to your officiant if they did not receive payment. If the officiant will not accept a tip or payment, a gift and/or thank you note is highly recommended. This should be given to them the night of the rehearsal.

Planner/Coordinator

Wedding planners won’t expect anything, however, if you feel as if your coordinator went above and beyond to make your special day go smoothly, 10-20% or a nice gift is greatly appreciated. Reviews or referrals are the best tip a wedding vendor can receive as well!

Florist, Baker/Cake Provider, Venue Coordinator

A thank you note is typically acceptable for these vendors. If you were overly pleased with their service, 10% is an adequate tip.

Delivery & Set Up Staff

It is a very kind gesture to tip anyone helping with set-up and breakdown $15-$20; however, it is not necessary, especially if it is included in the cost per your contract. Delivery fees are sometimes provided to the drivers and delivery staff, and it is appropriate to ask the person who created your contract to be sure!

Ceremony Musicians

If you have ceremony musicians, it is common to tip 15% of total bill or $20 per musician.

DJ or Band

It is common to tip your band $40-$100 per musician and your DJ between $50 and $200.

Transportation

At the end of the last ride, it is customary to tip your driver 15-20%.

 

It is customary to tip wedding vendors by putting them in labeled envelopes and passing them out at the end of the night. Wedding coordinators, such as ourselves, are happy to pass out tips to the appropriate parties. Along with tips, a handwritten note from the bride and groom or the bride’s family, as well as a review of services on social media or the company’s website is just as appreciated. For other wedding etiquette questions, feel free to contact us!

Testimonials

  • Mother of the Bride
    September 2017

    “Brittany and Megan, you both did a fantastic job. Thank you so much for all your hard work in making this wedding a beautiful success!” – Rose and Justin | Wedding September 2017

  • Rose Ledger
    September 2017

    “Thank you both for making our day so wonderful! Y’all were amazing!”

  • Larry S
    December 2015

    “…Your organizational skills coupled with such a calm demeanor was instrumental in pulling it off in the midst of tornado warnings and driving rain. The transition of the ceremony, moving it inside, was flawless…” Macy & Aaron | Wedding December 2015

  • Andrea

    “Thank you so much for everything!!!! It was all so perfect and I loved every second of it!! You made it go smoothly!!” Andrea and Matt | Wedding November 2015