Do You REALLY Need to Tip Wedding Vendors?


What??! Tipping wedding vendors–caterers, photographers, transportation, etc.– is something you need to do? You’re already paying them a small fortune to provide you the services, so should you be tipping them?

A gratuity is not something you do out of necessity, but it’s your way of showing appreciation for the quality service provided to you. You don’t HAVE to give a tip, but doing so is a good way to show your thanks to the vendors that went above and beyond.

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How should you go about tipping vendors?

Step 1: Decide who deserves it. Were there a few vendors who really went all out with the service? If there was a vendor or two who went far above and beyond what you paid them to do, it’s probably best to give them a tip. Whether it’s catering, transportation, décor, or the party planner, it’s worth it!

Step 2: Check the bill. You have already been presented with a bill for the vendor’s services, so check it to make sure that it doesn’t already include gratuity. For example, many caterers will include a tip in the bill, as that way the catering staff receives their bonus. Don’t double tip.

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Step 3: Write a thank-you note.  The money is the part that the vendor will certainly appreciate the most, but a pleasant note thanking them for their services is a wonderful personal touch that the vendor will appreciate. Keep it short and simple, but make it sincere.

Step 4: Write out the check–gratuity added. You probably won’t be paying with cash, especially if the bill is in the thousands of dollars. Make sure the tip is added to the total amount on the cheque, and add it into the envelope with the thank you note to hand to your vendor.

Who to Tip

There are a few people who DESERVE your tip for all of the hard work that they do for your wedding:

  • Room delivery personnel — Are you sending gift baskets or bags to your guests’ hotel rooms? A $2 to $3 tip per guest is a fair amount.
  • Hair and Makeup artists — Did they go all out to make you and your bridesmaids look absolutely spectacular on your wedding day? If so, they deserve a 10 to 15% tip.
  • Banquet captain — This guy acted as the maître’d / coordinator for your dinner service, and he deserves a tip of roughly $1 to $5 per guest.
  • Bellman — If there were a lot of guests with luggage that required loading and unloading, this guy should be tipped pretty liberally. At least $10 per guest is a fair price, as he’s doing a lot of work.

These people ALWAYS deserve a tip, but there are a few others you may want to consider tipping:

  • DJ/Band
  • Wedding planner/team
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Florist
  • Caterers
  • Entertainment

Giving a good tip is the best way to be sure your vendors know how thankful you are for your services.

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