By Majestic Event Planning
While tipping vendors for your wedding has become more customary in recent years, it is not mandatory or even expected by many vendors. Exceptions to this are the catering, hair and makeup and possibly the venue, which typically do expect a tip. It is also important to review your contracts to see if gratuity has already been included.
Hair and Makeup Artists:
Hair and Makeup artists expect a 15 to 20 percent tip, it’s basically just like a regular salon visit.
Often times officiants do not accept tips, but they do take donations for their church. $100-$200 donation is a great way to thank them. Now if the officiant is non-denominational, they may take tips, so giving them $100 is appropriate, especially if they aren't charging you for the service.
Ceremony Staff and Reception Staff:
The ceremony staff, reception staff and delivery staff do not require a tip. If you do decide to tip, then you can offer them $20-$50 each.
Your contract should have included gratuity, but if it doesn’t then you tipping 15 to 20 percent of the total bill is totally acceptable. Alternatively, you can tip by offering $50 to $100 for per chef and $20 to $50 per server.
Photographer and Videographer:
Tipping them is optional. However, if the photographer or videographer does not own the studio, then $50 to $200 would be a nice gesture. If there is more than one photographer or videographer (who don’t own the studio) you can give $50 to $100 per person.
Band or DJ:
Tipping the Band or DJ is optional, but offering a 10 to 15 percent tip is a nice gesture to your band or DJ.
The florist doesn't expect a tip. However, if you feel that they did an amazing job, 10 to 15 percent is a very nice gesture.
Wedding planners don’t expect a tip, so this is optional based on your service. If you feel that your wedding planner went above and beyond their contracted services then 10 to 20 percent is a nice way of saying "thank you" for their efforts.
Typically gratuity is built into your contract. If it is not, a 15 percent tip is appropriate.
While tipping is always appreciated, it is understandable if you don't have the extra money to tip. There are several other ways to show your appreciations to those that helped make your wedding happen. You can send an email review, mail a handwritten thank you note or review your vendor on Facebook, Yelp, WeddingWire or the Knot. Finally, you can refer your vendors to your friends to help bring them new business.