TIPS on Tipping Vendors!
Updated: Jul 12, 2021
Tipping vendors is one question that I tend to always get! Not only do I get asked "are we supposed to tip vendors?" I also get "which vendors should be tipped what amount?" + I am here to walk you through this, Friends!
First off, going off of my previous blog post, make sure you read the contracts! Some venues and certain vendors (typically f+b) add a 12%-18% gratuity into your pricing all ready! However, be sure to confirm they are all covered with your venue coordinator.
Now for all other vendors, tips are greatly appreciated and the amount can fluctuate depending on how you felt with the services provided. But this post is a great starting point for you to use as a guideline when the time comes for you to be tipping your wedding vendors/venue!
HAIR + MAKEUP
Tips are definitely expected when it comes to your hair and makeup. When your trying to figure out tipping for hair + makeup go in with the same mentality as if you went to the salon and got your hair done, typically 15%-20% of the total cost of their services. However, if you feel they went above and beyond 25% is a good margin!
If your bridesmaids are paying for their own hair and makeup, be sure to relay this information to them! I tend to see the percentages for bridesmaids makeup 15%-20% and for the bride 20%-25%.
DJ, BAND + MUSICIANS
If you have a DJ or a solo musician then $50 - $150 is a standard tipping rate! However, if you have a band with multiple musician it is typically custom to tip per member anywhere from $20-$50!
PHOTOGRAPHER + VIDEOGRAPHER
Most of the time the photographer and/or videographer is the owner of their own company, therefore you do not need to tip. However, if you felt they went above and beyond what you expected tipping $100-$200 is very much appreciated! Additionally, if they bring along an assistant or you have a photo booth with an attendant $50 is an appreciated amount, but not required.
The florist is another vendor that does not expect tips from clients. Nonetheless, if you were over-the-moon with the job she or he did, tipping them $50 - $150 is an appreciated amount! Some florists even stick around and help venue coordinators with set up which is another thing to note - I'd personally tip in this instance as well!
I noted above that many venues have gratuity in their pricing to you already. However, be sure to get confirmation where that gratuity goes! Is it split between all of the waitstaff working your wedding? Or does it go to you Coordinator? Most of the time gratuity goes to the servers. So if you think your Coordinator went above and beyond to make your day the best it could possibly be $50-$150 goes a long way!
Your planner is the one person who keeps things running smoothly and absorbs the stress of the day so you don’t have to. They're the one with your best intention and 99.9% of the time go above and beyond for you (the client) to be sure your day goes off without a hitch! Planners never expect a tip, however, tipping 5%-15% of the total cost of their services seems to be custom these days, this amount usually falls between $250 - $500!
It is important to remember there are other ways to show your appreciation beyond tipping! Thank you cards + online reviews go a long way especially in the hospitality industry where word of mouth is our main form of communication!
Lastly, be sure to check out my IGTV episode on my hack for delivering the tips to these vendors that won't add any stress to you on your big day!
Devyn, Emerald Events