Written by Carrie Taylor, Carrie Taylor Events
Original blog found here https://www.carrietaylorevents.com/single-post/2017/09/13/Tips-on-how-to-Tip
I have heard it many times, “I didn’t know I was supposed to tip!” or “I didn’t know how much to tip my vendors.”
I know tipping vendors can get confusing and you probably do not know the first thing about it.
Well don’t worry!
I am creating a quick reference guide for you to refer back to when you are having to tip your vendors.
Also keep in mind, unless stated in the contract, many do not expect tips, and it should be up to you to determine if your vendors preformed well enough based on what was outlined in the contract to deserve a tip.
Wedding planners do not expect tips because they are just simply doing their job. The discretion is up to you. If you feel they did an exceptional job, then a tip or a nice gift is a great way to show that appreciation. Typically 10%-20% up to $500 or a nice gift is great offering for those services.
Tipping your caterer should be similar to tipping at a restaurant. Many times, the tip will be included in the bill for the service. However, if it is not, tipping 15%-20% is the standard just like eating at a restaurant.
Reception Wait Staff (i.e. servers, bartenders, parking attendants, etc)
Typically this tip will be included in your contract as a service fee. Therefore, the only need to tip would be if the staff was exceptional. If it is not included, be sure to ask before the wedding how many people will be working your wedding. An important thing to remember that for this, it is a little different than it is at a restaurant where the serving staff is dependent on tips. Most of the time the staff working events will not be. If it is not already included, I would tip $10-$20 per staff member.
Hairstylist and Makeup
This is also just like it should be when going to a salon to get these services done. You should tip your hair and make up artists 15%-20% and it is expected because these people are taking a normal business day off to serve you.
Photographer and Videographer
The standard for tipping for these vendors are if you are working with the owner of the company, then a tip is not expected. However, if you feel the need, tipping a $100 or more for the main photographer and then $50-$75 for the assistant is most practiced.
They also do not expect a tip because they typically own their own business. A 10%-15% tip is reasonable for an exceptional job.
Many times, an officiant will not take a tip directly for themselves. They will tell you to make a donation to the church or institution. If you are a member of that church or institution, the donation should be larger. This should be between $100-$500.
Unless work is exceptional, many times you do not have to tip these musicians. However, also take a look at your contract if you use a vendor. If you would like to tip them, $15-$25 is typically the standard.
Reception Band or DJ
Many times it is typically preferred to tip your reception music providers. They usually have to deal with a lot of drunk people screaming requests at them or have to deal with no one dancing no matter what they play. When tipping a band, $25-$50 per musician is reasonable. While with a DJ, $50-$150 is typical.
This is also a vendor that will include a tip in the contract. However, many more brides are going with using UberBlack or something of that nature. If it is not included in your contract or does not have a contract, 15%-20% is typical.
These vendors are the most common that are used at weddings. Keep in mind that if you truly feel in your heart that someone does not deserve a tip or you feel that someone deserves more than what I said above, you are able to use your discretion.
All in all, we as wedding vendors want to make sure you have the best day of your life whether or not we get a tip!
I hope this blog gave you more guidance to tipping your vendors!