Should you tip wedding vendors, and if so, are there certain ones you should tip and others you shouldn’t? There are a lot of questions surrounding tipping wedding vendors, so the following information should clear it up.
The Delivery Staff
The men and women who deliver your wedding items, including flowers, rented tables and chairs, etc. should be tipped. This is especially true if it’s a different person from the actual florist or wedding planner, as they usually receive an hourly salary and tips that are included on bills wouldn’t automatically go to them.
The Wedding Transportation
The same goes for the wedding transportation professionals. It’s recommended that you tip based on how long these professionals will be serving you.
For instance, some drivers will only provide transportation from the wedding ceremony venue to the reception venue while others will wait during the reception and provide rides home.
The Wedding Officiant
Many officiants don’t charge for their services, but it is considered polite to tip them. If they don’t accept cash tips, you may want to make a donation to their organization (church, etc.) in lieu of cash.
The Reception Staff
The reception staff is one of the most important when it comes to tipping. These professionals will help ensure that your reception goes smoothly and that your guests are fed and having a great time.
While there may be a tip included in the final bill, you may also want to tip special servers, etc.
Finally, it’s important to tip the stylists that help make sure you look fantastic on your big day. This includes your hair stylist, makeup artist, etc. You should tip these professionals the same way you would for a normal session. This is typically 15% to 20% of the bill.
Making sure your vendors are tipped well is not only good etiquette, but you would appreciate it if the roles were reversed!