A: The wedding vendors that you definitely should tip:
- Head caterer, maitre d', banquet manager: 15-20% of the total food and drink bill
- Waitstaff: 15% of the total food bill (should be given to banquet manager to distribute)
- Bartenders: 15% of the total drink bill (should be given to banquet manager to distribute)
- DJ/Musician: $30-$50 each
- Limousine Drivers: 15-20% of the entire transportation bill
- Hair Stylist: 15-20% of the bill
- Makeup Artist: 15-20% of the bill
- Bathroom and Coat Check Attendant: $1 per guest (place a sign stating that gratuities have been taken care of)
- Valet Parking Attendant: $1 per guest (place a sign stating that gratuities have been taken care of)
- Delivery truck drivers (catering, florist, cake baker): $10 each
The wedding vendors that you have the option of tipping:
- Photographer: 10% of bill
- Videographer:10% of bill
- Wedding Planner: 15-20% of total bill
- Organist: $20-$50
- Altar boys/girls: $10
- Wedding Day Ceremony Coordinator: $20
The wedding vendors that do not get tipped:
- Cake Baker
- Religious Officiant (if you'd like to tip a religious officiant, donate the money to the place of worship)
A few things to remember when tipping your wedding vendors:
- Double check every one of your contracts before deciding on tips. Many vendors include a gratuity charge built right into the bill. If this is the case, you do not need to give any additional tip on your wedding day.
- Tips were designed to show appreciation for a job well done. If you feel that any one of the vendors that do not typically get tipped did an outstanding job, feel free to tip them as well.
- The bride and groom should never be in charge of tipping on your wedding day. Assign this task to a parent or responsible attendant.
- Tips should be given towards the end of the evening. You need to make sure that there is a job well done before you hand out that reward.