Tipping 101: Taking The Mystery Out of Tipping Vendors

We let you know just how much you should plan on tipping your wedding vendors.

Love has its many mysteries, but tipping shouldn’t be one of them. They are anticipated in the bridal industry. Not sure who should be tipped and how much to tip them? Here are some general guidelines.

Beauty Services: 15–20 percent

Caterer: 15–20 percent of the food bill

Chauffeurs: 15–20 percent of the total bill

Civil Ceremony Official: Average gratuity is $50–$100. If travel is required, you may want to add a little extra.

Clergyman, Rabbis, Priests: $100 donation. If travel is required, you may want to add a little extra.

Coatroom attendant/Washroom attendant: $1 per guest

Maitre d’: 15–20 percent of the reception bill. This is usually split up between the waiters and captains.

Musicians: $25–$40 per musician. This is not required, but is a nice gesture.

Organist: If this fee is not included in the church rental fee, $50 is appropriate.

Photographer/Videographer: Up to 15 percent, if an extra service was provided.

Valet: $1–$2 per car

Always check your contracts to see if the gratuity was included in the total. Sometimes this will be referred to as the service fee or service charge. Be sure to put each tip in an envelope and appoint the Best Man to distribute them. This will give you one less thing to worry about on your special day.

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