Written by Amy Plass
In the past month, I’ve had several people ask me for advice on tipping their wedding vendors. I was afraid to share any advice because even after my own wedding, I still questioned whether or not I tipped correctly. So I decided to ask someone who had far more expertise than I, Robyn of Red Letter Event Planning!
Here is what Robyn had to say:
“The rule of thumb that I give my clients is that you don’t have to tip if the owner of the business is the one performing the service. However, even if a monetary tip is not necessary it is always nice to leave a great review on Wedding Wire, Facebook or write a handwritten thank you note for their portfolio.”
“If the person is not the owner but is performing the service make sure the gratuity is not already figured in as part of the contract, this is very common with caterers and venues. However if you still think the staff did an outstanding job that day, it is fine to give them cash tips, I always suggest giving the tip to the banquet or venue manager to divide among the other staff that worked your wedding.
If the gratuity is not included in the contract then a gratuity is completely up to you and should be determined on how pleased you were with the service.”
Common tips to provide are for the:
- Salon Stylist
- Band Members
- Florist set up staff
- Catering crew
Alternatively, it’s not common to tip:
Tips generally range from 10-20% of the total bill. Instead of taking time away from your guests to pass out tips, put tips into envelopes for each vendor and give them to your planner or a trustworthy family member to pass out during the reception.
Remember, a grateful spirit and a sincere thank you note go a long way too!