If you’re planning a wedding, a portion of your budget should be set aside for vendor gratuties. Here’s a short breakdown on who, how much, and when to tip.
Rehearsal Dinner – 20 percent of the total bill
Hairstylist / Make Up Artist / Nail Technician – It is customary to tip 15 to 20 percent of the total cost
Musicians for the Ceremony – Standard tipping is $20 to $25 dollars per musician and is expected at the end of the ceremony. The father of the bride or the best man presents the envelope to the musicians.
Officiant for the Ceremony – Customary of $100 and up, or make a donation to the church or synagogue in which you are getting married. Father of the bride or best man hands over the tip.
Delivery Drivers / Set Up Staff – It is customary to tip $5 to $25 dollars per person depending on the set up.
Reception Staff – normally is eighteen to twenty percent of the final reception bill which is usually pre-paid in the contract.
Reception Hall Maitre d’ – $40 dollars or more depending on number of guests or total cost of bill.
Reception Musicians or DJs – Customary to tip 5 to 20 percent of the total cost.(Bands with 5 people, 5% per musician. DJ’s up to 20%)
Reception Bartenders – In addition to the amount specified in the contract, 10% of the total bar bill should be tipped to the bartenders
Powder Room / Coat Check / Parking Attendants – Should receive .50 cents to $1 per guest attending
Transportation – It is customary to tip 20% of the total cost
Finally, the following vendors do not typically receive gratuities but you may certainly add them to the list if their service is outstanding: photographer, videographer, caterer, baker, jeweler, wedding consultant, seamstress, and florist.