Gratuities

One of the most common questions I get asked is “who should we tip and how much?” I’ve taken the article I agree with most from Wedding Zone (which you can find here) and changed some of it to fit my personal beliefs regarding gratuities for your wedding day.

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Caterer/Banquet Manager

  • 15% – 20% : This is usually included in the catering contract, however, if the caterer or manager has done an exceptional job, an additional $1.00 – $2.00 per guest is recommended.

Waitstaff

  • 15% – 20% : Again, this is usually included in the contract, but if it’s not, the tip should be given to the head waiter.

Bartenders

  • 15% – 20% : If the bartender is not accepting tips from guests, an additional 10% is suggested, but not required.

Drivers

  • 15% – 20% is recommended.

DJ’s

  • 15% to 20% : Gratuity is not required, but if you feel he/she has done an exceptional job or has provided extra or special services, a tip is always a nice gesture.

Wedding Planners / Coordinators

  • 10% – 20% : Gratuity is certainly not required, although, if you feel they have gone above and beyond, a tip is not unheard of.

Bands

  • $25 per band member ; Again, gratuity is not required, but if you feel they’ve done an exceptional job or have provided extra or special services, a tip is always nice.

Photographer and Videographers

  • 15% : Gratuity is not required, but if you feel he/she has done an exceptional job or has provided extra or special services, a tip is nice..

Florists

  • 15% ; Again, gratuity is not required, but if you feel he/she has done an exceptional job or has provided extra or special services, a tip is a nice gesture.

Bakers

  • 15% : Same for Bakers – gratuity is not required, but if you feel he/she has done an exceptional job or has provided extra or special services, a tip is nice.

Restroom and Coat Check Personnel

  • $0.50 – $1.00 per guest : If they’re not accepting gratuity from guests, the host is responsible for tipping personnel at the end of the event.

Parking Attendants

  • $1.00 – $2.00 per car : Again, if they’re not accepting gratuity from guests, the host is responsible for tipping parking attendants at the end of the event.

Officiants

  • $75.00 – $100 .00 : It’s appropriate for a clergy member (priest, rabbi, minister, etc.) to accept gratuities or a donation along with their regular fee (if any), however, civil officiants (judges, clerks, etc.) receive a flat fee and are usually not allowed to accept gratuities.

Ceremony Staff

  • $35.00 – $75.00 is suggested for organists/musicians.
  • $5.00 – $25.00 is suggested for altar boys, sextons, etc. – gratuity is not required, but if fees for them are not included in the ceremony site fees, then tipping is appropriate.

I hope this post helps clarify gratuities, but if not, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have regarding tipping your vendors.

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