Need Help with Tipping?

Wedding expenses add up. Not a surprise, right?! Tipping your vendors is one more cost. You may have heard that those that own their own businesses don't require tipping, which is the case, but your tip can also serve as a thank you. In all cases, tipping is a choice and there’s one big detail to consider:

How was your experience with the vendor leading up to your wedding day?

This should impact your decision. Below, you'll see tipping suggestions, which I've gathered after talking with local professionals in the industry. However, it's different for everyone and ultimately, you and your fiance should do what makes you feel comfortable.

Expected:

  • Makeup and Hair Stylist: 15-20%

Choice:

  • Ceremony Musicians: $15 - $20 per musician
  • Photographer and Videographer: $50 - $400
  • Caterer: $20 for each server and more for a head chef or organizer. However, this may already be included in your contract, so look over those details carefully.
  • DJ: $50 - $150
  • Band: $25 for each musician
  • Florist: 10% of your bill (or $20 - $50)
  • Delivery folks: $5 a piece

After making these tough decisions, be sure to plan how you will get these tips to your vendors. A family member or your wedding coordinator (me!) can be in charge of this task.

If you choose not to tip, there are a few other ways to show your appreciation for all those individuals that helped make your wedding day a success:

  • Write a personal handwritten thank you note. When I receive these, my heart melts.
  • Find them briefly on your wedding night to tell them what their service meant to you and your new spouse! These genuine words of affirmation are always valued!
  • Whether your vendor asks for a review or not, send them feedback. They want to hear how they did! Put this on a social platform, like the Knot or Wedding Wire or simply email it to them. They will certainly be grateful.

As you plan these details, always be sure to ask if you have questions!!