Ah, the tipping question. You’re lucky if your client even asks about tipping, but then there’s the awkward question: should you tell them that you deserve a tip too? I mean, a little extra thoughtfulness from our client would be nice, but we don’t want to seem as if we’re asking for extra.
The magic solution really is that simple – just give them a guide. You can coach them on the other tips, but by giving them a guide, you’re also including your own information on there. It’s something simple that you can do to let your clients know that yes, a tip or a gift is nice.
Thankfully, for you, I have just such a guide! It has the information that they need to make a conscientious decision about which vendors expect a tip, which don’t (though appreciate the gesture), and how much. There’s also a chart so that they can estimate how much to give each vendor.
General Tipping Guidelines
- Make sure that your client checks their vendor contracts to see if gratuity is already included in your fee.
- Typically tips should be distributed on the day of the wedding, after the service has been completed.
- If your client wants you to distribute tips, ask them to put the money in envelopes and write who the tip goes to on the outside so you can distribute as needed.
Vendor Tipping Suggestions
- *Catering – If service fee is not included in the contract, tip 15% to 20% of the food and beverage fee.
- *Entertainment – $50 to $100 for the service (can be split among multiple people).
- Coordinator – Not expected, but a thank you note and tip or gift is always appreciated! Consider 10 to 20% of their fee, given either at the end of the night or after the event.
- Delivery Staff – Not expected, though $20 to $50 per staff person (including florist, rentals, cake, etc.) is a nice gesture. Tip at the time of delivery.
- Floral Designer – Not expected, but a thank you note and tip or gift after the event is appreciated! Consider 10 to 20% of their fee, given after the event.
- *Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist – Consider $50 to $100 per stylist.
- *Officiant – Make a donation if your officiant is coming from a religious institution, typically $100 to $500. If your officiant isn’t from a religious institution, consider $50 to $100 given after the ceremony (the best man is typically responsible for this when signing the marriage license).
- Photographer and Videographer – Not expected, but a thank you note and tip or gift after the event is appreciated! Consider 10 to 20% of their fee, given either at the end of the night or after the event.
- Reception Staff – If service fee is not included in the contract, consider tipping at the end of the night $20 to $50 per staff person (includes bartenders, parking and bathroom attendants, etc.).
- Transportation – Typically included in your contract. If not, $50 to $100 per driver (if shuttled) is considered standard.