Tipping wedding vendors is a way to show appreciation for their role in helping to bring your special day to life! However, many couples get confused about who to tip at their wedding and how much. Use our wedding tipping guide to help you determine who and the amount of wedding gratuity to consider. Considering who you should tip or how much to tip each vendor can be a challenging feat. Here at The Bride Link, we have compiled a wedding tipping guide that identifies each wedding vendor to simplify the process. For more help, grab your FREE copy of our Emergency Wedding Day Kit!
Photographer and Videographer
$60-$200 is the typical amount for tipping your photographer or videographer. Keep in mind the work these vendors put in behind the scenes when editing your photos and wedding video after your wedding day. Since these vendors may not stay for the entire event depending on your booked amount of time with them, tipping your photographer and videographer when they arrive the day is ideal.
Bartender, Waitstaff, and Caterer
A 15-20% tip will show these vendors your appreciation for their part in your wedding day. These vendors may also leave before the venue officially closes, so be sure to keep this in mind as you are giving out tips. When you tip a bartender, waitstaff, or server, you're tipping the employee, not the company. Many service workers rely on tips to complement their hourly wage.
Band or DJ
$50-150 is the recommended tip for your Band or DJ. These vendors are typically available until the end of your wedding, so there is no time limit when you decide to tip them.
Hair and Makeup
Depending on the service offered, 15-25% is the standard tip amount for your Hair Stylists and Makeup Artists.
If your officiant is apart of a religious establishment, a tip towards their establishment is sometimes preferred. $50-$100 is the adequate tip amount for your officiant regardless if this is towards them directly or the religious establishment they are apart of.
Florist, Cake, and Misc. Vendors
Tipping your florist, cake baker, and other vendors is not always expected but much appreciated. Calculate your tip for these vendors based on the amount of work and the quality they deliver. If you've decided to give these vendors a gratuity, have it ready for when you arrive! These vendors don't traditionally stick around to the end of your event.
Our final vendor to keep in mind when considering tips is your wedding coordinator. Depending on the package you've booked, your coordinator maintains all of the behind-the-scenes details for your wedding. If you had a blast at your wedding, keep your wedding coordinator in mind!
Tipping your wedding coordinator is a beautiful way to let them know they are appreciated, and this tip is calculated based on the amount and the quality of their service. Most of the time, your wedding coordinator is by your side each step of the way for your wedding, maintaining a large part in organizing the event.
Another way to show appreciation for your wedding vendors is by leaving a positive review on Google, Facebook, and other similar sites when deserved! A positive review shouldn't take the place of gratuity, but it's something all wedding vendors and potential couples appreciate. Most wedding vendors are independent small business owners who rely on positive reviews to book future weddings!