bet I know exactly what's going through your mind right
this very instant. TIPPING, WHAT ARE YOU CRAZY!?! Yes,
we know, you've already paid an absolute fortune for those
vendors and now you have to shell out some more. Sorry.
are the general rules for tipping. Although it is generally
thought to be a voluntary thing (I'd like to know who
said that), there are still areas of your wedding that
require tipping, but you can still use your discretion.
Firstly, you may want to find out from your vendors if
tipping is allowed. There are several vendors, caterers
for example, that include the wages of their staff in
their price. They sometimes discourage tipping. (Bet you
hope to hear that a lot!) And some vendors will add gratuities
to their bills. Be sure not to double tip.
you are using a wedding coordinator, they should be responsible
for delivering the tips and payments to the related vendors.
If not, then it should be your best man. If you don't
feel comfortable asking the best man, ask one of the fathers.
All tips should be calculated and prepared in separate
envelopes ahead of time, thereby making it much easier
for the individual responsible to deliver the tips.
TIPS ON TIPPING:
tips should be given in cash. If the person serving
you is an employee of the company, their tip should
be in a separate envelope.
one/single person should get more then $150.00. For
example: Lets say your limo bus is $2000.00. 10
or 15% of that total is 200 or 300 dollars, not necessary.
should be given just before your vendor leaves. That
way you can judge how much to give, according to the
job they did for you.
vendors would love a thank you card. It is a great reminder
of happy clients and let's face it, it'll help them
book future clients.
vendors a favour/bomboniere is totally up to the couple
and how many they can spare.
ONES YOU SHOULD TIP
Altar boys or girls - $10-15.00 each
Limousine Drivers 10-15% of the limousine
bill, given at the end of the evening. See "FB Tip"
Valet Parking Attendants - $.50 to $1.00 per car,
prearrange this amount with the supervisor based on an
estimate of how many cars will be arriving and a sign
should be posted to guests that the gratuity has been
taken care of.
Wait staff - If the tip is not on the contract
already, 15% of the total catering bill is tipped. Wait
staff do the hardest physical labour on your wedding day.
Bartenders - 10% of the total liquor bill, presented
to the head bartender or divided equally among the total
number of bartenders who worked the full evening. Make
sure that a tip hasn't been added to your contract already.
Restroom and/or Coatroom Attendants - $.50 to $1.00
per guest, prearranged again based on the number of guests.
Makeup artist or Hair Stylists - You don't have
to tip them if they come to you. If you go to the salon,
then you should tip them 15%. Why you ask, well the salon
makes the money, not the individual. If you have received
a good job, and you would tip normally, then go ahead.
DJ - If your DJ owns the company then the tip is
optional but if the DJ is an employee $50-100.00. If you
have 2 DJs (DJ & MC), give each person $50.00 in separate
envelopes. When your guests rave about your reception
later, it's the DJ that had everything to do with the
TIPPING (amounts reflect optional tips)
Business Owners - You dont have to tip the
owner of a business, unless you feel that they have gone
beyond the call of duty and you want to give them a token
of your appreciation.
or Reception Musicians - $5-10/hr per person, in one
lump sum given to the person in charge.
or catering manager - doesnt need to be tipped
unless theyve thrown in extras or saved you a few
hundred dollars on your bill. The tip would be between
and Videographer - If these vendors own the company,
then the tip is optional. If they are employees $50.00
goes to the main photographer and he/she can give a split
to the assistant.
- To tip them is to trivialize their profession and extremely
bad etiquette. Generally you pay your fee and that's it.
If you wish to make a financial contribution to the church,
you can do that separately.
- You don't need to tip the florist for making your arrangements
but you can tip them an extra $5.00 per delivery location
(3 locations=$15.00) or $10-20.00 per staff member in
one lump sum, for set-up and delivery.
Cake Baker - You don't have to tip for the baking
of the cake but if you are at your reception venue at
time of delivery and set-up = $10.00
Coordinator or Room Manager- This is the person managing
the reception venues staff and facility the night of your
wedding = $50.00
Wedding Coordinator - If this vendor owns the company,
then the tip is optional. If they are an employee = $50.00
Wedding Planner - This person has planned your wedding
from start to finish. An appropriate tip would be 10%
of their total commission or bill.
should give you some guidelines on tipping etiquette.
Tipping etiquette is different in different provinces,
cities and towns. Please be sure to add this to your budget.
The amounts above are only examples and are not written