October 29, 2007

Reader Q & A

Q: Can you give some solid guidelines of how much to tip your vendors? I thought that all vendors were tipped, but read an article saying only certain vendors do.

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
  • Soloist:$20-$50
  • Altar boys/girls: $10
  • Wedding Day Ceremony Coordinator: $20

The wedding vendors that do not get tipped:

  • Florist
  • Cake Baker
  • Stationer
  • 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.

1 comment:

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As a banquet manager for over 10 years, I've never heard of a 15-20% tip for a banquet manager or maitre d. It would be nice though.
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