Deciding how to tip your vendors should be a personal choice, and not something that you feel obligated to do. Most vendors do not expect a tip at the end of the day, but they are appreciated if you feel that he or she deserves one. So what’s the number one rule when deciding whether or not you should tip your wedding vendors? If you feel that he or she has gone above & beyond the call of duty & you’d like to show your appreciation, then by all means, feel free to do so, but don’t feel as if it is expected from you.
So you and your beau have decided that your wedding vendors have gone above and beyond your expectations to ensure your wedding day is as flawless as possible, and you want to provide a gratuity to show them how much you value their hard work. Here’s a guide for brides & grooms looking to provide vendors with a token of their appreciation.
Photographer & Cinematographers: $50-$100 per person, or a personal gift
Wedding Planner: $50-$100, or a personal gift
Caterer: 15-20% of your total bill
Waitstaff: 15-20% of labor costs on your food and drink bill
Bartender: 10% of total liquor bill
Florist: Florists generally do not expect a tip, but if you really love their product and efforts, consider giving a tip for 10-15% of your total floral bill.
Hair & Make-up: 15-20% of your total amount paid to him or her (just like at a salon!)
Transportation: 15-20% of your transportation bill
Band: $20-$25 per musician
Delivery Personnel: $5-$10 per person
Officiant: Around $100 is an acceptable tip for an officiant, particularly if he or she is providing a service free of charge. If he or she works for a religious institution and cannot accept a tip directly, consider a donation to the organization instead.
Again, it cannot be stressed enough that deciding whether or not to give a gratuity to your vendors should be a personal choice, and not something that you feel obligated to do at the end of the night. If you do decide to show your appreciation through a tip, make sure it is with an amount that you feel is appropriate given your budget and expectations!