Here, the general tipping guidelines we followed.
• Photographer: Our photographer was the owner of his business, and the etiquette advice we read recommended against tipping.
• Hair & Makeup Stylist: I tipped between 10-15 percent for all services, just as I would following a regular hair or spa appointment.
• Baker: Since cake delivery and setup fees were included upfront in our total cost, we didn’t offer any additional tip.
• DJ: As thanks for a job well done, we provided a $50 gratuity at the end of the evening.
• Wedding Coordinator: We sent her a post-wedding “thank you,” rather than giving a monetary tip.
• Clergy/Church Ceremony Staff: All of the staff members at our church were paid according to a set fee outline, including the musician and coordinator, but we offered our priest a separate donation as thanks for his time and guidance, both on the wedding day and throughout our engagement.
• Reception Venue Staff: Our venue included an 18 percent gratuity as part of the overall bill, so there was no need to offer any additional tip. Before you tip, check your contract and receipts to be sure you haven’t already been charged for gratuities!
• Transportation: We avoided this category altogether by renting a van for the day, but the standard etiquette is usually 15-20 percent of the bill, along with covering any valet costs and tips that would otherwise be your guests’ responsibility.
• Videographer: Just as with our photographer, we didn’t offer any gratuities in addition to our videographer’s set fees.
• Florist: As with the baker, all setup and delivery fees were covered by our regular payments, and we didn’t leave a separate tip.
Have you given a lot of thought to wedding day tips, and do you agree with the guidelines we followed? Do you prefer that gratuities are worked into the final bill, or that you’re able to decide for yourself what percentage to pay?
(Photo Credits: Alex Neumann Photography)