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Are You Tipping Crazy? Do I need to tip my wedding vendors?

Vendor Tipping

You've already paid a fortune and now you have to dish out more? Yes, within in reason. Your wedding budget is already the size of down payment for a house and adding gratuities on top of that can be hard to handle. When planning your wedding you may already find some vendor contracts will automatically add a certain percentage to your bill to cover the standard gratuity so check to ensure you are not double tipping. You can't ignore the fact that some vendors will expect a gratuity. The rule is, unless a service charge is spelled out in your contract, you're never obligated to tip anyone however there are still areas of your wedding that require tipping, but you can still use your discretion. You want to find out from your vendors if tipping is allowed as there are several vendors such as caterers for example, that include the wages of their staff in their price and discourage tipping.

To tip or not to tip? The answer depends on the quality of service and the above and beyond the services rendered. Remember, to receive a tip is a privilege and Tips are meant to signify that someone did an exceptional job which tipping should be then on a case by case scenario. Generally Practice is 10% - 20% of the total cost and is only the standard guideline, you may choose to add more for exceptional services. It doesn't always have to be money, offering a token of your appreciation by a Thank you note and photos of your wedding for their portfolio will show your appreciation and gratitude. Cash Money Tips should be prepared in a sealed envelope addressed with the vendors name and given to them at the end of their services. You can appoint someone like the Best Man or Father to hand them out.

Who to consider Tipping If it's not covered in your contract.

  • Wedding Planner

  • Wedding Decorator

  • Hair Stylist

  • Make Up Artist

  • Seamstress

  • Delivery & Set Up Staff

  • Officiate

  • Musicians

  • DJ's

  • Photographer

  • Videographer

  • Reception Staff

  • Reception Attendants

  • Bartenders

  • Coat Check

  • Parking Staff

  • Cake Baker

  • Florist

  • Transportation


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