The wedding day has arrived, the vendors have set up, and everything looks just the way you envisioned. Only one problem - you have no idea what to tip! While tipping your vendors is not a requirement, it is your gesture of gratitude for a job well done.
Here is a sample of appropriate tip amounts for the vendors that have a hand in making your celebration a hit:
- Banquet Manager - $100-$500(depending on the # of guests)
- Hair, Makeup, & Nails - 15% - 20% of total
- Delivery People - Approx. $10 each
- Officiant - Between $100 - $200
- Caterer/Wait Staff - 15% - 20% of total bill (unless gratuity is already included)
- Parking Attendant/Valet - 15% - 20% of transportation bill
- Coat/Restroom Attendant - $.50 - $1.00 per guest (unless gratuity is already included)
- Entertainment - $20 - $25 per member
- Photographer/Videographer - Optional ($20 - $25 is sufficient)
- Bartender - 10% of total liquor bill
For all other vendors, simply send a thank-you note and letter of recommendation for the excellent service.
A few tips to remember:
- As a general rule, tipping is for employees, not business owners
- The tip amount is usually based on the amount you've spent on that person's service
- Make sure gratuity has not already been included in final bill
- To eliminate the burden and stress of tipping on your wedding day, prepare labeled envelopes with tips inside ahead of time and designate your wedding planner (if you have one) or a trusted indivisual to deliver them.
Source: SDSW Magazine