Your Guide to Tipping Wedding Vendors

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Your Guide to Tipping Wedding Vendors

Every bride and groom is looking for some simple ways to save money on the wedding day. We’ve compiled 11 quick tips to get you started: Just when you think you’ve accounted for every imaginable wedding expense, there is one fee you may have forgotten: the tip. The majority, if not all, of your vendors generally receive some sort of gratuity or tip.

Since many of these can be done in cash, it is easy to lose track of how much is spent, be sure and budget for gratuity and taxes.

Tipping wedding vendors (from photographers and florists to caterers and DJs) is expected, and it will serve as a thank-you for a job well done. But who, when, how much – can all be confusing! After spending 20 years in the wedding business, we can help you break it down!

Tipping Wedding Vendors: Cheat Sheet

Wedding DJ:
Offering a 10 to 15% t tip is a nice gesture to your DJ. Think about it, they kept your night running smoothly, made all the announcements, packed the dance floor and likely carried a lot of heavy equipment from one location to the next!


If your contract doesn’t include gratuity, you should tip 15 to 20 percent of the total bill.


Photographer and videographer:
Giving your main photographer & videographer an extra $50 to $200 is a nice gesture at the end of the evening. If there are two or three shooters, giving a $50 to $100 tip to each person is optional, too!


Do we tip the wedding videographer?

Ceremony and/or reception staff:
It’s not mandatory to tip the ceremony staff, reception staff and delivery staff, but if you’d like to, then you can offer them $20-$50 each.


Often times officiants won’t accept tips, but a donation to their church is a great way to thank them.


Hair and makeup:
A 15 to 20% tip is expected, just like it would be for any other regular salon visit.


A 15% tip is optional if it isn’t included in the contract.


The florist doesn’t expect a tip. However, if you want to show your appreciation, you can consider giving them a 10% to 15% tip.


Other Ways to Show Appreciation: 
All vendors (especially in the wedding industry) love knowing we helped make your day extra special – so tell them! Send an email, a handwritten thank-you note or better yet, post a review on The Knot, Yelp or WeddingWire! These are all great ways to say ‘Thank You’ for their hard work and you can’t put a price on a positive review! While you’re at it – refer your vendors to your friends! 😉


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