This is one of the most debated topics when it comes to weddings. Should I tip my wedding professionals?
While you and your new spouse are having fun, many people are working hard behind the scenes to make your day go off without a hitch. While they are taken care of by their employers, the major players may be deserving of a little extra if their service is above and beyond.
Here is a guideline:
Clergy: A donation to their church would be appropriate
Waiters and waitresses: Generally in your catering contract already, otherwise the standard 15% for all wait-staff combined
Bartenders: 5% to 10% of alcohol bill
Limousine Drivers: 15% to 20% which is usually included in the contract but if you feel they have done an outstanding job than a little extra would be nice.
DJ: For great service a 5 to 10% tip
Bands: $20 – 40 per member of the band
Photographer and Videographers: 5% to 10% if you feel they have been outstanding
Florists: 5% to 10% is a token of gratitude but is not required
Bakers: Up to 5%
Ceremony Staff: 25.00 to $50.00 to the piano player or organist
Wedding Planners / Coordinators: Tip is generally included in the contract although if you feel they have done an exceptional job, an extra 5% to 10%.
Caterer /Executive chef: The tip is usually included in the contract you signed although if you feel they have done an outstanding job then an extra 2% is exceptional.
Remember that any tip is a kind gesture and is very appreciated.