Here’s the thing – for the most part, we all know we’re supposed to tip our wedding vendors, but how much to tip is the hard question. Additionally, does everyone get a tip or is it select vendors? Good news – you’re about to receive the low down for much to tip your Austin wedding vendors.
Okay, tell me how much to tip.
We’re going to break this down by vendor and where it’s standard to tip vs. optional.
Standard Gratuity + How Much to Tip
Bartenders: Unless there is a tip jar, $50 – $100 per person. If there is a tip jar and they do an exceptional job, go ahead and give them a “job well done” with additional gratuity.
Catering Staff: Take a look at your catering invoice, the FOOD COST (not the entire invoice for catering), and tip 18% – 20% of that, just as you would at a restaurant. Keep in mind that some catering companies already figure gratuity into their bill, so be sure to check ahead of time.
Hair and Makeup: Again, double-check if this is already included in your bill. We encourage 18% – 20%.
Planner: Tipping a planner is contingent on the level of service you booked (such as event management vs. full-service planning). Either 10% of your planning package or $200 – $1,000 is recommended.
Optional Gratuity + How Much to Tip
Florist: $100 – $300 (Dependent on the level of installation performed.)
Photographer / Videographer: $100 – $500 (Typically, there is a second shooter involved. Your main photographer or videographer should receive more than their second.)
Ceremony Musicians: $25 per musician
DJ: $100 – $300
Band: $25 – $50 per member (This should include their set-up crew and sound engineer.)
Transportation: $50 – $100 per driver
Bakery Delivery Driver: $20 – $50
Rental Delivery Crew: $25 – $50 per staff member
Security: $20 – $50 per guard
Venue Staff: $50 – $100 (If a staff member went above and beyond to help execute your wedding day, go ahead with this thank you.)
Hired Officiant: $50 – $100
Lighting Crew: $20 – $50 per staff member installing
But honestly, do you know what the greatest form of gratuity is?
A 5-star review. For most vendors, your review means the world to them – it not only lets them know how they’re doing/where they can improve, but you’re also paving the way for new couples to see their expertise. Reviews are a strong powerhouse for the wedding industry and are always so, so very appreciated. Even a “thank you” note to a vendor that brought your wedding day to life can bring a sweet grin!
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