As it is with any job in a service related industry, the practice of tipping is common with wedding vendors. Tips and gratuities are generally built into service estimates or itemized in the vendor contract, but if in doubt, it's best to ask early in the relationship whether gratuity is included. Your budget depends on it! We've outlined the most common types of vendors to assist you in finding out which vendors generally receive tips and how much you should pay them. Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, Nail Technician
Tip your beauty service providers as you would normally tip on a visit to the salon: 15-20% percent of your total bill. Dress Fitter, Alterations or Seamstress
It is not customary to tip for fitting services, but if you're thrilled with your final fitting and are feeling generous, $15 to $30 is an appropriate amount to give your seamstress when you pick up your dress. Deliveries
Your florist or baker usually hires the staff responsible for delivering your flowers or wedding cake. This cost is typically included in the service contract. Tips are not required, but if you feel the delivery person put in an excess effort to make you happy, a tip of $15-$20 is reasonable. Wedding Officiant
Wedding officiants work a little differently than your other vendors. Many will not charge a set fee for their services, but do expect you to make a donation to their church or organization. They will most likely suggest an amount when you finalize the arrangements. This amount can range anywhere from $50 to $500. If the officiant is traveling a long way to your wedding, you should also compensate them for travel costs. Church Musician
Designate a family member or bridal party member to tip any vendor you will tip on the day of the wedding, preferably after the ceremony. Choose someone you know will be both gracious and discreet when passing tips to your officiant and other vendors.
Check your paperwork to see if musicians' fees are included in the rental fee for the church. If not, a fair tip is generally from $25 to $40 per person. Live Musicians
Musicians do not expect tips, but if they were exceptionally popular with the guests, you can tip $20-$25 per musician. DJ
Tips are common with wedding DJs. If your DJ kept the wedding on schedule and played a great selection of music, 15-20% of their fee is a suitable tip. Bartenders
Your bar manager usually adds a service charge to your bar bill, in which case you do not need to tip bartenders. If there is no service charge mentioned in your contract, you should set aside about 10 percent of the total liquor bill to tip bartenders at the end of the evening. Often times, guests will be able to tip bartenders as they would with normal bar service. Catering/Venue Manager
Most caterers will build a gratuity into their service fee. Check your contract. If a service charge hasn't been included, tip 15-20% percent of the total bill or $1-$2 per guest. Serving Staff
Again, check your contract to see if gratuity has been included. If not, your designated tipper should give the catering manager 15-20% of the total food bill at the end of the evening to divvy up for their staff. Transportation
Limo drivers, horse-drawn carriages, chauffeurs, etc. will usually include gratuity in their transportation fees. If not, the normal tip suggested is 15-20% percent of the bill. Leave it with them at the end of the evening or the end of transportation. Photographers
Most photographers will not expect tips, but having an extra $20-$30 set aside is practical, in case you and your spouse are impressed by their work on the big day and want to thank them. Wedding Planner
Photographers may not stick around until the last guest leaves, so be sure your designated tipper catches them before they go. Additionally, ordering a lot of prints after the wedding can be another way to show how much you appreciate their photography.
Your planner has already charged you a set fee and won't likely expect a tip. Again, if their day-of work was especially stellar, you can show your appreciation with a thank you tip.
Since a tip isn't customary and you won't know the planner's full talent until afterward, he or she can be tipped after the wedding (or, if you're leaving the next day, immediately following your honeymoon). Sending a sweet thank you note with an extra tip enclosed will be memorable. A range of 10-20% percent is a general standard for any service, but determine how much to give by asking around locally to see how much other brides tipped their wedding planner.
Now that you know how much to tip each vendor, you can finalize your wedding budget. Create your free account to check out our budget calculator tool to keep track of your spending and stay on target.