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Which Wedding Vendors Deserve a Tip and How Much to Give?

Ah, the joy of weddings! The flowers, the food, the music, and the gratuity you may have forgotten. Fear not, dear reader, for I am here to help you navigate the treacherous waters of wedding gratuity.

## The Unspoken Rules of Wedding Gratuity

First things first, let's get one thing straight: tipping is not an obligation. It's a nice gesture to show your appreciation for the hard work your wedding vendors put into making your special day unforgettable. That being said, some vendors might expect a tip, and it's essential to know who and how much.

## The Big Players: Caterers, Bartenders, and Event Staff - Gratuity Expected

If there's one group of people who deserve a tip, it's the ones responsible for keeping your guests' bellies full and their glasses brimming. For caterers, a standard gratuity is 15-20% of the total catering bill. However, check your contract first, as some caterers might include gratuity.

For bartenders, tipping 10-20% of the total bar bill or $100 per bartender is a safe bet. Or you can allow them keep any cash tips they receive from guests.

Event staff are the unsung heroes of your wedding and deserve a monetary pat on the back. These are your delivery, setup, and breakdown personnel, coat room, bathroom, and parking attendants, and miscellaneous laborers who have worked hard to pull it all together. A tip of $10-20 per person is a kind gesture that acknowledges their hard work.

## The Stylists: Hair and Makeup Artists - Gratuity Expected

Your glam squad plays a crucial role in transforming you into a stunning bride and ensuring your bridesmaids don't look like they just rolled out of bed. A tip of 15-25% of the total bill is a stylish way to show your gratitude for their beautifying magic.

## The Shutterbugs: Photographers and Videographers - Gratuity Optional

These talented individuals capture the memories you'll cherish for a lifetime. While tipping photographers and videographers isn't expected, it's a thoughtful way to show appreciation for their work. Consider a gratuity of $100-200 per shooter, depending on your level of satisfaction and how much you've spent on their services.

## The Transporters: Drivers and Valets - Gratuity Expected

These uncelebrated champions ensure your grand entrance and exit are smooth and worry-free. For drivers, a tip of 15-20% of the transportation bill or $100-300 per driver is recommended. For valet parking attendants, a gratuity of $1-2 per car is a nice gesture.

## The Officiant - Gratuity Expected

The person who makes your marriage official deserves a small token of appreciation. Consider a gratuity of $50-$100. For religious officials a donation of $100-500 to their house of worship or charity of choice is appropriate.

## The Music Makers: DJs and Bands - Gratuity Optional

A rocking DJ or a fantastic live band can make or break your reception. While tipping musicians and performers isn't expected, a tip of $15-20 per performer per hour shows your appreciation for their role in keeping the dance floor packed and guests entertained.

## The Wild Cards: Wedding Planner and Florist - Gratuity Optional

These vendors fall into the "it's nice, but not necessary" category. However, if you feel these individuals went above and beyond, feel free to tip them:

- Wedding Planner: A gratuity of 10-20% of their fee up to $500 is a thoughtful way to show your gratitude.

- Florist: A tip of $50-150 per florist is a blooming marvelous way to say thank you for their beautiful creations.

## The Bottom Line

Remember, tipping is entirely up to you and your budget. If you can't afford to tip all your vendors, prioritize those who made the most significant impact on your big day. And if you're still unsure about gratuity, a heartfelt review on Google, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and/or Facebook will go a long way in showing your appreciation. Happy tipping!

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