While tipping is often a forgotten cost until the end of the planning process, it is absolutely something you should account for in your initial budget. With so many service providers working together to make your big day perfect, how do you know who and how much to tip?

Standards state that bartenders, waiters, drivers, hairdressers and makeup artists should always receive a 10 to 20 percent tip (similar to what you would tip in a restaurant).

For your other service providers, tipping is optional but appreciated for Charlotte wedding vendors who went above and beyond. You can choose a percentage to tip (for example, 10 to 20 percent) or choose to tip them a certain dollar amount such as:

  • Photographers / Videographers: $50 - $300
  • DJ: $50 - $200
  • Wedding Planner / Catering Manager: $50 - $300
  • Band: $25 - $50 per band member
  • Officiant: $25 - $100 (or donation to congregation)
  • Wedding Delivery or Set Up Services: $5 - $25

If your team went above and beyond, show your appreciation with a tip. Keep in mind; it doesn’t always need to be cash! A handwritten thank you note, five star review (here on Bustld) or small meaningful gift is always also appreciated.

Wondering if you should tip the owner of the company? The answer is the same – if you think they went above and beyond, a tip is always appreciated!

Make sure you plan how you will distribute the gratuities (it is often either father of the bride or your wedding planner) as it’s not something you want to worry about on wedding day!

**Photo by Taken by Sarah Photography