Wedding Budget | Vendor Tipping Guide
When we help our clients establish their budgets, one item we are always sure to add is the vendor gratuities. Yes, gratuities are completely optional (with the exception of catering–you should tip your serving staff just as you would in a restaurant) but we want couples to have the amount on their radar because gratuities can add up to thousands of dollars. Your wedding vendor team is working hard to provide you with exceptional service for a once-in-a-lifetime event and if you decide to honor their outstanding service with a gratuity, we have a handy guide that will help you determine the appropriate amount. However, whether you chose to give a monetary tip or not, the best tip you can give your wedding professionals is your word of mouth. Referrals are invaluable to your vendors and they appreciate it way more than you know.
Waitstaff/Bartender: 15-20% of the food and/or beverage cost is standard. This is typically the amount before tax and any catering service fees or charges.
Officiant: $50-100, if they are not associated with a church or synagogue. If they are associated with a church or synagogue, you can make a donation of $250-500.
Band/DJ: $15-25 per musician in a band or $100-150 for a DJ.
Hair/Makeup Artist: 15-20% of the total bill.
Delivery and setup staff: $10 per staff member.
Transportation: 15-20% of the bill.
Site Coordinator and/or Wedding Planner: If either has done an outstanding job for you, a tip of $50+ is always appreciated.