Hey there, lovebirds and soon-to-be-weds! Your friendly neighborhood photographer here, ready to shed some light on one of the most common questions I get asked: “Should we tip our wedding vendors?” Spoiler alert: While tipping isn’t always expected, it’s definitely appreciated. So, let’s dive into the delightful world of wedding vendor gratitude, complete with non-monetary tips and a handy tipping etiquette chart!

Why Tipping (or Not Tipping) Matters

First things first, let’s clear the air. No vendor is going to side-eye you if you don’t tip. We get it – weddings are expensive! But, tipping is a wonderful way to show your appreciation for those who’ve made your big day unforgettable. Think of it as the cherry on top of your wedding cake. 🍒

Non-Monetary Ways to Show Your Appreciation

If you’re looking to show gratitude without reaching for your wallet, here are some creative, heartfelt ways to thank your vendors:

  1. Personalized Thank You Notes: A handwritten note can make any vendor’s day. It’s a simple yet powerful way to express your thanks.
  2. Shout-Outs on Social Media: Tag your vendors in your wedding photos and sing their praises. Trust me, a glowing Instagram post goes a long way!
  3. Referrals: Recommend your vendors to friends and family. Word-of-mouth referrals are pure gold in the wedding industry.
  4. Small Gifts: Think homemade cookies, a bottle of wine, or even a cute little plant. Something thoughtful that shows you care.
  5. Online Reviews: Leave a detailed review on platforms like Google, Yelp, or The Knot. Future couples (and your vendors) will appreciate it!

Proper Tipping Etiquette for Those Who Prefer to Give Monetary Tips

Now, for those of you who prefer to go the traditional route with monetary tips, here’s a quick guide to help you navigate the etiquette waters smoothly:

Photographer/Videographer $50-$200 each

Wedding Planner 10-20% of the total bill or $100-$500

Catering Staff 15-20% of the total catering bill

Officiant $50-$100

Hair and Makeup Artists1 5-20% of the total service bill

Band/DJ $50-$150 each

Florist 10-15% of the total bill

Transportation 15-20% of the total bill

Waitstaff/Bartenders $20-$50 each

Delivery Staff $5-$20 per person

Remember, these are just guidelines. The best tip is the one that comes from the heart (and maybe your budget!).

At the end of the day, the most important thing is the joy and love you’re sharing on your wedding day. Whether you tip with cash, cookies, or a shout-out on social media, your vendors will feel the love and appreciation. So, here’s to happy planning, beautiful photos, and a wedding day filled with memories to last a lifetime. Cheers! 🥂

Hope this blog post adds a sprinkle of joy to your wedding planning journey!