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How To TIP Party Services and Vendors For Weddings & Receptions

Most of us planning a Wedding and Reception are concerned with TIPPING.  Though tipping at weddings has become more of a custom in all service areas, it is NOT mandatory or even expected by most wedding pros. With the exception of the catering staff and possibly the venue, tips are considered ++ appreciated by almost all vendors.  Appreciation of their services may be handled in a creative way.  TIP on TIPPING - Read all contracts - to see if tipping has been included already. 

  • Tickets to a sports or theater event.  Online Gift Store or Restaurant Gift Card 
  • If a destination wedding they have traveled for - pay for their room one night.  Review on their Facebook Page, Yelp or e-mail to their websites. 
  • Write a letter or Thank You Note.

Best Of All - Refer your vendors to your friends — this gesture will go much further than a cash tip!  


If your contract doesn't include gratuity, you should tip 15 to 20 percent of the total bill. Another way to tip is offering $50 to $100 for each chef and $20 to $50 per server.


The florist doesn't expect a tip. However, if they do an outstanding job, you can consider giving them a 10 to 15 percent tip after services are rendered.

Wedding Planner:

Wedding planners won't expect a tip, so this is optional based on service. If you were given a huge discount or the planner went far above and beyond their contracted services, offering a tip of 10 to 20 percent is a nice way of saying "thank you" for the efforts.

Photographer & Videographer:

You're not required to tip them if they own the studio. If they don't, then giving them an extra $50 to $200 is a nice gesture. If there are two or three shooters, giving a $50 to $100 tip to each person (who doesn't own the business) is optional.

Ceremony Staff & Reception Staff:

It's not mandatory to tip the ceremony staff, reception staff and delivery staff, but if you'd like to, then you can offer them $20-$50 each.


Often times officiants won't accept tips, but a $100 donation to their church or a charity and a dinner gift card is a great way to thank them. If the officiant is non-denominational, consider giving them a $100 tip, Their fees are generally low, but much depended upon service.

Hair & Makeup Artist:

A 15 to 20 percent tip is expected, just like it would be for any other regular salon visit, but it isn't required.  If a personal beautician from years prior and a friend, include them in the invites for the day.

Band or DJ:

Offering a 10 to 15 percent tip is a nice gesture to your band or DJ, especially if they have to carry a lot of heavy equipment from one location to the next. For musicians, a $25 to $50 tip per band member is appropriate.


A 15 percent tip is optional if it isn't included in the contract.

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