Tips on Tipping

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Tips on Tipping


What is a tip?

The dictionary defines a gratuity as something given voluntarily or beyond obligation for a service


Who gets a tip?

Anyone you feel has gone above and beyond for your wedding. A general rule is that those who own their own company do not require a tip, but one may be given for exemplary service.

How is the tip given to the vendor?

All vendors would love a thank you card. It is a great reminder of happy clients and it will help them book future clients. Pre-write thank you cards for your vendors and insert the tip in cash and clearly mark each envelope with the vendors name. Your wedding consultant will distribute the envelopes at the end of the night before the vendor leaves.



Caterer, club manager, hotel banquet manager: 15 to 20 percent of the food and drink bill. The tip is often calculated into the contract and paid in advance. For an additional tip, $20 per server and $50 for the banquet captain would be appropriate.

Bartenders – 10 percent of the total liquor bill if gratuity has not already been added

Limousine or carriage driver(s): 15 to 20 percent of the total bill

Musicians: $5-$10 per person/per hour; this can be in one envelope and given to the band leader

DJ: $50 to $100 for each DJ present

Beauty, hair and nails: 10 to 15 percent of your bill, unless your service is done by the owner of the salon

Officiate – The person who performs your ceremony is not necessarily tipped, but typically receives a donation or honorarium for their services. Depending on if you already paid a fee for the services, the officiate generally receives $100-$300.

Wedding Consultant: – 10 percent of the total fee plus $50 for each assistant wedding coordinator present at the wedding