How much to tip at your wedding
Everybody knows that weddings can get quite expensive – however, as the couple to be married, you will definitely want to tip your wedding vendors once the Big Day is over. How much should you tip and which of the vendors should you tip? Here are some of the most important things to know about this:
Ceremony sites need to be tipped even if they are religious settlements. Before you do this though, check with your site’s donation rules. In general, you should expect to tip them with anything between $100 and $500.
If you have worked with vendors that have truly gone the extra mile to make sure you are 100% happy on your wedding day, don’t forget to give them a small token of your gratitude (aside from the actual tip). A gift certificate worth anything from $50 to $100 or a bottle of good wine are great examples as to what you can offer.
Expect to tip your catering manager with about $200, each of your wedding band members with about $25-$50 (only if they were booked through an agency) and your photographer with about $100. Also, don’t forget to tip your wedding planner too (in general, this should be about 15% of the entire fee or a personal gift).
Tip your bartenders, coat check attendants, waiters and valet parking attendants too. In general, how much you tip these vendors depends on the kind of service they have provided. However, expect to tip your bartender around 10% of the entire bill, your coat check attendants with about $1-$2 for every guest, your waiters with about $20 each and your parking attendants with about $1-$2 (or 15% for a valet parking service).
Before you tip your vendors, check with the contracts too. Some of them include the gratuities there to make it easier for their customers. If you want to, you can even ask all of your vendors to include all of the gratuities in the contract you sign with them.
Here at Bella Rose Estate, we want you to have the dream wedding your love story deserves. Come visit us, take a look around and allow yourself to be awed by the amazing venue we have created for the special moments in people’s lives!
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