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Wedding-Day Tipping Check List

Budget For Gratuities in Your Wedding Budget From the Begining 

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Before your wedding comes around, make sure you review your contract a second time to see if gratuity is included. You might see a line from your caterer, and bartender, but most other vendors do not add tips in their fee. So, get familiar with who does and does not include tips in their fee and plan accordingly.

“Weddings often come with a lot of unexpected costs — so it's good to plan how much you can expect to spend on tipping vendors.”

Wedding Tipping Etiquette

Wedding workers usually get a gratuity if you’re happy with their services. Tips are generally given at the end of the wedding; you might want to designate someone to be in charge of handing them over. Before you start liberally giving out cash, however, check the bill - particularly the catering bill - to see if a gratuity is included. And, if you’re unsure of the tipping policy at your reception site, talk to the manager for suggestions. Put tips in sealed envelopes to be given to:

Vendors to Tip After The Wedding


  • Ceremony site staff
  • Ceremony musicians
  • Banquet Managers
  • Maitre d’
  • Wait staff (each)
  • Bartenders (each)
  • Restroom attendant(s) (each)
  • Coatroom attendant(s) (each)
  • Valet(s) (each)
  • Security guard(s) (each)
  • Reception musicians
  • Hairstylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Delivery driver(s) (each)
  • Limo driver(s) (each)

General Tipping Guidelines


Club or banquet manager: 15-20 percent of the reception bill (less if there is also a maitre d')
Mairte d’ or captain: 15-20 percent of the reception bill (less if there is also a banquet manager)
Wait staff: At least $20 each; maitre d’ will distribute tips for you
Bartender: $25-$40 each. Make sure your bartenders are not accepting tips from your guests
Restroom and coatroom attendants: 50cent to $1 per guest
Valets: 50cent to $1 per car, or arrange a gratuity with management
Limo driver(s): 15-20 percent of the total bill (to distribute between them)
Delivery driver(s) (for flowers, cake, and other items: $10-$20 each)
DJ crew or band members: $20-$25 each
Hairstylist and make up artist: 15-20 percent of the bill
Wedding Planner and Stationer: $50-$150 is appropriate for a planner’s assistant, with the higher amounts for one who really went above and beyond the call of duty.

Have extra $10 and $20 bills for unexpected occasions.

2 comments:

  1. Good information regarding tipping. That stumps a lot of people.

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  2. OMG! I'm not even planning on getting married and this list is making me anxious :) wow, so easy to overlook these costs! I wish these were just included in all the contracted services. Would make everyone's lives easier :)

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