Wedding Etiquette: Tipping

Tipping is often something that couples don’t equate into their overall budget, and it can also often be a thought that the couples only think of the week or day of their wedding. Although there are many questions as to who one should tip and how much, it is not mandatory or even expected by most wedding professionals. With the exception of the catering staff and possibly the venue, tips are usually considered a nice surprise. If you do not have enough money to give possibly thousands of dollars more on tips, sending an e-mail with a review, photos, or sending a handwritten thank you note will go a really long way and make your vendors feel appreciated for all their hard work! Here’s a list of common vendors and a guide to how much you can tip them if you feel they went above and beyond!



Most catering businesses add in 18% gratuity for weddings. If your contract doesn't include gratuity, you should tip 15-20% of the total cost.


Generally people do not tip their officiant, although it is a nice gesture to give them an honorarium or gift for their efforts.

Hair and makeup artist:

A 15 to 20 percent tip is expected, just like it would be for any other regular salon visit.

Photographer and videographer:

You're not required to tip them. Giving them an extra $50 to $200 is a nice gesture which can be done once you have received your photos.

Ceremony/reception staff:

It's not mandatory to tip the ceremony staff, reception staff and delivery staff, but if you'd like to, then you can offer them $20-$50 each.

Band or DJ:

Offering a 10 to 15 percent tip is a nice gesture to your band or DJ, especially if they have to carry a lot of heavy equipment from one location to the next. For musicians, a $25-$50 tip is appropriate.


A 15 percent tip is optional if it isn't included in the contract.


The florist doesn't expect a tip. However, if they do an outstanding job, you can consider giving them a 10 to 15 percent tip after services are rendered.