(Closed) Help! What are standard tips for maitre’d, photographer, DJ, videographer?

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m personally of the opinion that you don’t need to tip unless the service is really great.  You have already paid for the service!

Accordibly to etiquette, you tip anywhere from 5-15% of the bill paid for the wedding service (photography, officiating, etc).  usually at least $50 but not more than $200.

Those are just ball parks!

I personally tipeed our officiant $150 (he technically officiated for free because he was my pastor, so we gave a little more than we might otherwise have), our photographers we tipped $50, and we didn’t tip the DJ or the videographer (they were just mediocre vendors)  HOpe that helps!

Post # 4
5789 posts
Bee Keeper

We tipped each $100.

Post # 5
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We didn’t tip our photographer! Were we supposed to??

Post # 6
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I know I may take heat for this, but I tend not to tip people if they are the business owner and doing all of the work themselves. They are already making a good profit on it (unlike employees who make a crappy hourly wage usually, especially in the service industry and tips are their lifesaver), so I don’t feel the need to tip unless it was AMAZING service. That being said – unless the employees are already getting a % gratuity built into the service price, yes, I do tip them. An additional thought – you might want to put the tips (cash) in separate envelopes and give them to someone responsible (usually the Maid/Matron of Honor or Best Man, could also be a parent) so that they can handle the tipping at the end of the evening (so you can spend more time with your guests as opposed to handing out tips which can be time consuming and tacky if you are the bride/groom).

*** One thing I would add too is this – make sure to look over each of your contracts to find out who has already ‘tipped’ themselves. A lot of venues build in a ‘grauity’ when you pay for your services. I have found that other vendors are starting to follow suit (photographers, DJs, etc). I would not tip above and beyond this % this unless you feel the need (this usually covers matire’d, service staff, bartenders, carvers, on-site coordinator, etc).

The Knot had a great article about tipping and ranges from hair and makeup to transportation. Again, something this article stresses is to check your contracts and make sure you haven’t already ‘pre-tipped’ them in your fees (otherwise you may end up double tipping).



BRIDES also had an article in their magazine recently about this and who does the tipping (sometimes the best man is in charge of this). The article can be found at:



Bon Chance, Best Wishes and Long Life,



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