Tip Your Wedding Vendors!
Did you know that you are suppose to ‘TIP’ your wedding vendors? Many people forget that all of these companies you hire to help your BIG day be a hit, are part of the service industry, which means, you should also be factoring in a tip for each one. And although it’s great to tip everyone, it should be a type of reward to say “thank you” for your amazing service or going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure my day was everything I dreamed! So, before passing out gratuity, review your contracts and make sure gratuity is not already included. Once you’ve done that, take a moment to check out our wedding vendor tip guide.
Wedding Vendor Tip Guide
Hair & MUA – 15- 20%
Catering Staff: 15- 20% of the total cost
Florist/ Floral Designer – 10- 15% of the total cost
Band/ DJ/ Entertainment – 10-15% of the total cost
Photographer – $50 – $200 per photographer
Transportation – 15%
Wedding planner (coordination team) – 10 – 20% of the total cost
Things to Remember about Tipping Your Wedding Vendor
Although tipping is customary, it is not mandatory but it is a nice gesture and shows that you care how much of a great job they did for you, your spouse and your guests. And everyone doesn’t have it in the budget to spend more on tipping so It’s important to know that there are other great ways to express your gratitude or their work/ service. Here are a few other things you can do to show your gratitude:
- Grab a card, write a personal note of thanks and pop it in the mail to each wedding vendor! We love when our liners take the time to do that.
- Send each wedding vendor a thank you email
- Leave them an upstanding review on one of their social sites like Facebook, The Knot, etc.
- Even better… refer an engaged friend, this one goes a long way and they will forever be grateful you considered them good enough to refer them to other people you know
When to Tip Your Wedding Vendor
The best time to hand off the envelope to each vendor is at the end of the reception (this can be handled by you, your MOH or your wedding coordinator) or send a thank-you note with photos and a check right after your honeymoon.