Something couples tend to forget about is tipping. Often, it’s something that becomes a last-minute scramble and something you didn’t originally budget for. It’s a way to thank your vendors for the most perfect day ever, so here are some things to consider when it comes to wedding day tipping.
Who gets tipped?
Vendors who are providing a service typically get tipped. No vendor has expectations for a tip, but there are certain service providers that should be tipped. Most often beauty and transportation vendors get tipped. These service providers are usually tipped on a non-wedding day, so a wedding day is no different. Other service-based vendors that you might want to consider tipping include your photographer, videographer, planner and entertainment.
Venue and catering could also be considered a service-based vendor, but it depends if you had a designated venue manager or banquet manager that you felt went above and beyond. It would also be depended on whether your contract includes a service charge. Catering contracts will frequently include gratuity and if you aren’t sure, you can always ask if it’s included. It’s also good to double check if the service charge goes to the staff or is a fee for the company.
The amount you tip a vendor depends on a number of different factors. It’s common to tip vendors, like transportation, catering staff and beauty, the standard industry of 20 percent. Other vendors, like your photographer and your planner, could be tipped a smaller percent, or just a flat fee, often $100-$500.
When to tip them?
You’ll want to wait to tip until wedding day, to make sure you still feel they deserve a tip. If you have a planner, they will sometimes pass tips out on your behalf if you package them all accordingly. This means one less thing for you to have to worry about on wedding day!
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