Tipping customs range widely throughout industries and regions. Generally, though, it’s best practice to leave a tip whenever someone has provided a service, whether that is your restaurant server, your hairdresser or your manicurist. The same rules generally apply when it comes to anyone providing a service on your wedding day.
Some vendors include gratuity in their contracts. You should always ask about extra fees to help you determine whether or not you’ll need to provide an extra tip for employees. (FYI: A service charge is not the same thing as a gratuity because that fee doesn’t always go to the employees directly working your event.)
Remember that waitstaff, hair stylists and similar staff are employees of a business, just like you would see at a restaurant or salon. While they are likely paid hourly by their employer, it’s still a great gesture to ensure each staff member goes home with a tip for their services.
Assuming your experience with your vendors was positive and you appreciate their work, it’s appropriate to tip in some way shape or form. It lets them know you appreciate what they did, and it didn’t go unnoticed.
While tipping may seem like “extra” on top of your wedding budget, we prefer to think of the tips as part of the budget that should be included ahead of time. If you plan for tipping in advance, you won’t find yourself the week before the wedding trying to stretch your budget further than it was intended to go.
Understand What Kind of Tipping is Expected
For vendors providing a service (beauty or transportation for example), tips are typically based on a percentage of the total amount. For vendors providing a product (baker or florist for example), you aren’t always expected to tip, but it’s a nice gesture to tip a set amount based on the amount of work and your working relationship with them.
Best Ways to Tip Vendors
We personally love using a good ol’ fashioned envelope filled with cash. After determining how much you would like to tip each vendor, put their name on an envelope and fill it with the appropriate amount of cash. Then give all envelopes to your planner, venue coordinator or a trusted friend to distribute during the wedding.
Okay, so maybe a cash tip just isn’t in the cards. Plain and simple. Show your gratitude in some way. Write a positive review, write a thank you note, give a gift card, send them a referral. All of these say thank you and you did a great job, which is really the important thing.