Wedding Day Vendor Gratuity Guide

How & Who to tip

Understanding what to tip each vendor can be confusing! While you should always tip what you are comfortable, here is the standard guide for tipping. There are many different opinions about tipping for weddings and the truth is – there is no right answer. But tips are always appreciated for your vendors, like any service industry position, and can even ensure that your vendors put in even a little more extra effort into your special day!

Depending on your preferences and what the vendor offers, you can tip with cash the day of the event or via Venmo. Tips should always be given to the vendor the day of the event, either right before they leave the event or when they arrive. If tipping with cash, I can be in charge of the envelopes to hand out cash at the end of the night, or you can enlist a family member to do so!

Want to make sure you can support your wedding vendors in other ways, in addition to tipping them?? Write them a glowing review after your wedding and send them over photos from your photographer (pending that is alright by the photographer, of course!) that they can use for their website and social media!

Photographer

Typically, you will tip around 15-20% for a photographer. If you decided to also hire a second shooter, a $50-$75 tip per person is a nice gesture!

Videographer

Tipping $100-$200 per videographer is appreciated!

Caterer

Usually caterers include a minimum tip that is from 15 to 20% in your contract.

Bartender

Same as above! Also ask the bartender if they can bring a tip jar so they can add to the amount of tips they get in the night, especially if you are doing a partially hosted bar!

Baker

Bakers do not typically require a tip but tipping the delivery team around $20 each is kind, especially if you are having a complex setup for your cake or dessert station!

Florist

3-5% is standard for tipping your florist!

Entertainment

For DJs, classical musicians, or a live band, $25 to $50 per musician is a great gesture!

Transportation

Tipping drivers for your event 15-20% is average. This can be for the drivers of your charter buses or your personal chauffeur, such as the one that will come with your getaway car!

Officiant

Around $100 is an average tip for your officiant!

Rental Labor

Tipping delivery folks who help with setup and breakdown of your furniture rentals about $15 per person is very kind!

Hair and Makeup Artist

Like any salon visit, 15-20% is standard and appreciated for their services of glamming you for your big day!

Wedding Planner

Since I will be your planner, don’t want to tell you what to do here! Feel free to do your own research and do what feels right!