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Your wedding vendor, florist, photographer or coordinator, has done a marvelous job and helped you get the wedding of your dreams so you wonder what is the best way to thank them for their efforts? Tipping wedding vendors is a wide-accepted way of saying “thank you” to that excellent vendor, who goes above and beyond the contracted duties. Here are some tips on tipping your wedding vendors:
Before deciding to tip, make sure you take a good look at your contracts. Major items, like catering, would usually include around 15-20% tip in their price quotes. Reading carefully can help you avoid unnecessary double-tipping.
It’s not mandatory to tip the photographer, especially if they own the studio. If they’re just employees, you might want to give them an extra $50 to $200 – depending on your budget and, of course, how many you were with the service.
As with photographers, it’s not usually mandatory to tip your wedding planner. However, many coordinators will give you a huge discount or simply go far above and beyond to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams, so why not say “thank you” by offering a tip between 10-20%?
In most cases, the church officiant won’t accept a tip, but would be more than happy to accept a donation to their church. Consider tipping the officiant, especially if they’re not charging for the services.
Most make-up and hair artists would expect a small tip, ranging between 5 and 20% of the charge. However, this is, again, not mandatory – the rules are pretty much the same as for any other regular salon visit.
Always tip your DJs or your wedding band – it’s not a rule set in stone, but is most certainly a nice gesture, especially if they carry a lot of heavy equipment around a number of locations!
Thank you for reading and good luck with your wedding planning!
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