How to Tip Your Wedding Vendors


Tipping is supposed to act as a reward, so you don’t need to consider it a mandatory expense. Tips are meant to be given for excellent service for vendors who go above and beyond their contracted duties. Before dishing out gratuity, check your contracts. Some vendors, especially venues and catering companies, will include it in their contract to help eliminate confusion. Here is a guide to show how to tip your wedding vendors.



Do I tip?

How much?


Optional, for excellent service

$50-200 each or gift


Optional for excellent service

15-20% of bill, if gratuity isn’t included

Specialty Catering

Optional, for excellent service

$15-20 per delivery helper. $50-$100 or gift

Wait Staff


15-20% or $100 per chef. $50 per server/bartender

DJ or Band

Optional, for excellent service

$50-100 each per artist


Optional, for excellent service

$15-20 per delivery helper. $50-100 or gift

Hair and Makeup





$100 -$300 Gift or Donation

Wedding Planner/Coordinator

Optional, for excellent service

10-15% or gift





If you don’t have the money to shell out on tips or a personal gift, there are a few gestures that will go a long way with your team of wedding pros. Send an email with a review, a handwritten thank-you note or a review online are great ways to show appreciate and offer something the vendor can use when booking future clients. Even better, refer your vendors to your friends – this gesture will go much further than a cash tip!

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