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  • Heather Willm

Tipping Guide for Your Awesome Wedding Vendors!

Updated: Oct 4, 2022


While tipping is not a mandatory expense, it is a thoughtful gesture especially for those vendors that worked so hard to put your big day together. BUT with so many different wedding expenses, gratuities can definitely add up!

Here is a San Diego Wedding Planner's guide on what to tip each of your awesome wedding ceremony & reception vendors so there are no surprises later!

*ATTENTION: certain vendors may already include gratuity so make sure to read each contract carefully!

Catering/Staff

15% - 20% OR each server should receive between $20-$50 each, chef between $50-$100 each, venue coordinator $100-$200 (double check contract to make sure gratuity not already included)

Bartenders

15% to 20% (If not accepting tips from guests. Double check contract to make sure bartender gratuity not already included)

DJ's/Band

15% - 20% (gratuity is not usually required, but a tip is a wonderful gesture for excellent service)

Musicians

$25-$50 (per person)

Wedding Planners / Coordinators

10% - 20% (gratuity is not usually required, but a tip is a wonderful gesture for excellent service)

Photographers & Videographers

$50 to $200 per vendor (gratuity is not usually required, but a tip is a wonderful gesture for excellent service)

Florists

10-15% (gratuity is not usually required, but a tip is a wonderful gesture for excellent service)

Cake Delivery

$10-$15 (per person)

Restroom and Coat Check Personnel

$1 per guest (if not accepting tips from guests)

Parking Attendants

$1-$2 per car (if not accepting tips from guests)

Officiants

$100-$500 (donation to church)

$50-$100 (non-denominational)

Transportation Drivers

15% to 20% (double check contract to make sure gratuity not already included)

Hair & Make-up

15% to 20%

You can even think beyond monetary gifts by referring your family & friends to book potential clients or writing an awesome review!

Heather Willm, Wedding Planner at Willmus Weddings.


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