Wedding Tipping Etiquette
Whom To Tip and How Much To Give
One of the areas that couples are unsure of is wedding tipping etiquette. From caterers to waiters to clergy members, it is customary to provide an additional tip on top of the regular costs and rates. Understanding whom is to receive these tips and how much is expected will help you in allocating your budgeted money.
When planning out your wedding budget, be sure to allow an additional amount to the quoted price so that you aren't caught unaware and short of cash.
Following, is a general idea on the amounts you should set aside for different wedding suppliers. Remember, these amounts are not set in stone, but are general guidelines for the wedding tipping etiquette that is normally followed.
Plan according to your wedding budget and the type of service you receive from each.
How Much To Tip
- Caterer and/or Banquet Manager - 15% for extra special service. Usually, the gratuity is already included into the set fee. Be sure to check on this. If it hasn't been, add 15% to the price.
- Bartenders - 15% to 20% of the liquor bill.
- Bridal Consultant - 15% for extra special service.
- Powder Room and Coat Room Attendants - 50 cents per guest. You could also arrange to pay a flat tipping fee instead.
- Clergymembers - $20 or more donation, depending on the length of the ceremony.
- Civil Ceremony Officials - $10 and up. However, look into this first. Some judges cannot accept money.
- Florist - 15% directly to the driver who delivers the flowers. (Don't include it when paying the bill, the driver will never see it.)
- Photographer - 10% to 15% for extra special service.
- Videographer - 10% to 15% for extra special service.
- Cake Decorator - 10% to 15% for extra special service or for a difficult/very large cake.
- Musicians or D.J. - 15% for extra special service.
- Limousine Driver - 10% to 15% paid directly to the driver.