Are you planning to tip your vendors? Tipping is often an overlooked part of budgeting a big event. While it is not an absolute necessity to tip, it is a kind way to reward your vendors for a job well done. Plan ahead with how much you will tip each vendor at the end of your big day, that way, you won’t accidentally go over budget. If you end up not tipping, you’ll have a little extra cash to use on something after your event, like a honeymoon or thank you cards!
Remember, most of your vendors will not expect a tip and you do not need to tip them unless you want to. If your vendors do an absolutely outstanding job, tip them according to the following:
- Florist: 10-15%
- Caterer: 15-20% of the total bill OR $50-$100 per chef and $20- $50 per server. Make sure that your contract does not already include gratuity.
- Bartenders: $25- $40 each.
- Photographer & Videographer: No tip is required if they own their own business. If they don’t, $50-$200 is a kind gesture. Take into account the amount of time they worked. If you have multiple shooters, a $50-$100 tip for each shooter is a nice gift.
- Ceremony & Reception Staff: $20-$50 each
- Ceremony Musicians: 15-20% if you hired them yourself. If you received their services through your ceremony vendor, then you should check your contract to see if it already includes a tip.
- Hair & Makeup Artist: 15-20%
- Band: $25-$50 per band member
- DJ: 10-15%
- Transportation: 15% if not already included in the contract
- Valets: $1 per car or arrange a tip with management
- Delivery Drivers: $10 each
- Restroom Attendants: $1 per guest
- Officiant: $100 is a nice tip for your officiant, especially if they are doing it for free. If they won’t accept a tip, consider giving $100 to their church.
- Event Planner: A tip is not usually needed for an event planner, but if you think they went above and beyond with their services, you can tip them 10-20%
Tips are not the only way to say thank you to your vendors. If you are on a very tight budget and can’t afford to tip everyone, consider sending handwritten thank you cards after the event. Also, recommend them to friends and leave reviews about their businesses! The majority of people who are planning events read reviews before meeting with vendors. A glowing review about a vendor who did amazing work will go a very long way for them and will likely help them get more business- the gift that keeps on giving!
Use our free tipping chart download to calculate how much you plan to tip each vendor. Have the tips (in cash) organized before the event and label them clearly. You will most likely want to give someone else the job of handing these out at the end of the night after all services are rendered.
Download our tipping chart below to calculate how much you plan to tip each vendor. Have the tips (in cash) organized before the event and label them clearly. You will most likely want to give someone else the job of handing these out at the end of the night after all services are rendered.
Need more help with your budget? Check out our Important Budgeting Tips to Know When Planning Your Event!