Photos by K Hulett Photography
With so much to remember leading up to your wedding day, it’s inevitable that a thing or two is forgotten once the big day arrives. Don’t let that thing be gratitude for the people who have worked so hard to make your day run smoothly. Tips are an important part of your wedding budget, and should be built into your costs from the beginning.
Now, you don’t have to tip everyone. Your hired wedding vendors, such as caterers or florists, should only be tipped for exceptional service or circumstances. Be sure to ask your vendors if gratuities are included before signing your contract to avoid double-tipping.
So who do you tip, and how much? Here’s a general guide:
Servers/wait staff – $25–30
Bartenders – $25–30
Valets – $1 per car
Coat check attendants – $1 per guest
Limousine or bus drivers – 15–20 percent
Makeup and hair – 15–25 percent
Musicians – $25–30
Delivery or set-up staff – $5–10
Extra Tip: Assign a member of your bridal party or your wedding planner to hand out tips. Figure out what you’ll owe ahead of time and prepare labeled envelopes with cash and a thank you note for that person to give out.