I Don’t Know How To Tip…

I Don’t Know How To Tip…

I Don’t Know How To Tip…

It takes a village to plan and implement a successful event. Tips are expressing your

appreciation for a job well done. At the end of the day, gratuity is completely at your

discretion. You are the only person to determine the best way to thank those who have

contributed to the success of your special day.

You can’t tip everyone, so who do you tip and how much? Here are some guidelines to


1. Check your contracts! Many times the gratuities are in the contract so check before you

tip and this way you avoid double tipping. If the tip is not in the contract you might

want to add it upfront so that you have saved for it and paid it and you don’t have to

worry about it on the day of your occasion.

2. Never tip the owners! This includes the venue owner, photographer who owns the

studio, or the hairdresser who owns the shop. But surely tip the workers involved in the


3. Tip anyone who goes the extra mile! If you have last minute changes or if someone

worked long and hard to add something personal or to make part of your event flawless,

they deserve added recognition. This can be as simple as a “thank you”, a bottle of wine,

money or a gift.

4. Check ceremony policy! Do you pay the officiate in cash or make a donation to the

house of worship? Many times a nondenominational officiants, who you pay a fee,

receive a tip of $50-100 or a gift. 

5. Follow this guide for other people that you hire for the special day:

Bartenders: 10 percent of the total liquor bill (to be split among them)

Bathroom attendants: $1 to $2 per guest

Catering manager: $200+ or a personal gift

Chef: $100+

Coat check attendants: $1 to $2 per guest

Hairstylist: 15 to 20 percent

Transportation: 15 percent

Maitre d’hotel or headwaiter: 1 to 3 percent of food and beverage fees

Makeup artist: 15 to 20 percent

Musicians: 15 percent of fee for ceremony musicians; $25 to $50 per musician for


Photographer/videographer: If you’re paying a flat fee with no overtime, $100

Valet or parking attendants: $1 to $2 per car; 15 percent for valet parking

Waiters: $20 and up each (distributed by the catering manager or maitre d’)

Wedding planner: 15 percent of fee or a personal gift

DJs and Dancers: $50.00 – $200.00

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