(Closed) what vendors are you tipping?s

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2869 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hm.  I don’t really know but I’m attaching a guideline I found a few months ago (I think on the bee)

Post # 5
100 posts
Blushing bee

I disagree with the chart, but I think it’s more about where you are having the wedding. Tradition seems to vary by location. I spoke to a number of planners and etiquette people in my area so I went with the general consensus.

These are the areas that I disagree with:
Wedding planner should get his/her tip at the end of the reception. If you are giving them one, why make them wait when you can send them home happy after a long day of work. I think the only time you wait to give them a tip is if they are doing things for you after the wedding (i.e. helping you with thank-you cards, etc.)

Hair/make-up don’t necessarily have to get a tip if they work for themselves, but it is recommended.

The biggest thing I disagree with here – and I just wrote about this on another post – is the part about the video/photo people. Having had my wedding, I’d say that they work the longest (they were on their feet all day) and you get to keep their work the longest. I can’t imagine giving them a gift, as I would have no idea what to get them and everyone appreciates cash. Obviously, you shouldn’t have to tip them if they own their own business but if they’re employees, you definitely should. We tipped ours $100 at the end of the reception. Some people say that you should give it to them after you get everything back, but we used a fairly large studio and didn’t even see them when we picked up our albums. It was also good to do it before they worked on our pics because they were appreciative that they did a lot of special edits and upgraded our album.


As long as it doesn’t break the bank, I wouldn’t leave anyone who does a good job out. All service industries rely on tips and as a former waitress, I can tell you that it makes you feel appreciated and brightens your day – even if it’s just $5 or $10.

Post # 6
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What a helpful chart!  Would of been useful on our wedding day.  Definitely follow that but also remember if there is exemplary service it should be rewarded.  Better to be the generous bride than the stingy one!

Post # 7
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Hair and makeup only, and I guess technically we’re “tipping” our reception servers, because a 20% “gratuity is built into our contract.

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