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Tipping your Wedding Professionals

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Here are some guidelines for tipping the many wedding professionals that will help make your wedding day perfect. Be sure to check fine print of your contract - it may already be included in the price!

Place tips in envelopes prior to your wedding, so that you can simply hand each individual an envelope.

Who gets a tip When to tip How much to tip
Officiant/Priest/JP After the ceremony, given by the couple or designate a party member. $100 or more is typically donated to the church or organization - not directly to the officiant or priest.
Banquet Manager or
Site Manager
The best man tips them at the end of the reception. 15 - 20 % of the food bill.
Bartenders At the end of the reception, the best man offers the tip. 10 -15 % of total liquor bill, if there is an open bar. The tip is often automatically included, so make sure you are not double tipping!
Coatroom Attendant (optional) Usually arranged in advance by you. $1 - $2 per coat.
DJ, Band (optional) At the end of the reception, the best man offers the tip. 10 - 15% (If there is more than one person, each person should get a tip.)
Limo Driver After he drops you off at the reception site, the best man usually tips the driver. 15 - 20 % of total bill.
Parking Attendants (optional) Usually arranged in advance by you. $1 - $2 per car.
Powder Room Attendant (optional) Usually arranged in advance by you. $ .50 - $1 per guest.
Wait Staff The Banquet Manager or Site Manager usually shares their tip with the wait staff. You should check with the site manager ahead of time. NA
Makeup/Hair After makeup/hair is complete. As much as you would if you were getting your hair done at the salon: 15 - 20%

As many wedding professionals you hire (photogrpaher, videographer, consultant, etc) are in business for themselves, their package amount typically is what they are expecting to be paid. A tip is not necessary. However, if you feel a professional went above and beyond, then you may wish to consider sending flowers or a gift certificate with a thoughtful note after the wedding.

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