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Who Gets Tipped at a Wedding?

Ashley Rader

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You probably haven't given much thought to who you should tip for services at your wedding.

A tip is a completely voluntary gesture, which should be provided if the service is satisfactory. But, it's tricky to know who you should tip and how much to tip each person.

Here's a guide on who to tip and how much to award each vendor or service provider. Use this guide when planning your wedding budget to be sure you don't overspend.

Who gets a tip?

Delivery People (flowers, cake, equipment rentals) - Each delivery person should receive a $5-$10 tip once they have completed their task.

Valets - It's best to prearrange this with the valet supervisor. A typical tip is $0.50 to $1 per car. The guests should know this has been taken care of via a sign.

Limo Drivers - If you use a limo service, you should tip 15-20 percent of the entire bill at the end of their service.

Caterer - Be sure they haven't already included a gratuity in your bill. The typical tip for caterers and their staff is $1 to $5 per wedding guest or 15 to 20 percent of the food and beverage bill. This should be presented toward the end of the reception.

Bartenders - You should tip 10 percent of the liquor bill at the end of the reception. This should be given to the bartender supervisor or divided equally between any bartenders that work the entire reception.

Musicians - It's traditional to tip each musician $10-$20. This is based on the size of the group and the length of their performance. This is also an optional expense.

Restroom/Coat Attendants - This is another pre-arranged amount. It's customary to tip $0.50 to $1 per guests. Again, put up a sign announcing that guests do not pay this gratuity.

Who doesn't get a tip?

Don't tip your officiate. Your minister or other wedding professional does not command a tip. You are only responsible for their customary fee. If you do feel like making some kind of gift, make a donation to the organization they represent.

Who should present the tips?

  •          Be sure to have the money divided up into envelopes with the labels such as “caterer" or “bartender" on the outside.

  •          If you have a wedding coordinator, he or she should arrange for payments. Otherwise, the responsibility falls to the best man.

  •          Be sure to have an envelope with extra cash in case of a delivery person or a waiter or waitress goes above and beyond in solving a problem.

    Ashley Rader is the owner of Moments of Elegance, an online wedding boutique specializing in party favors and bridal party gifts that will say thank you with style and will truly make your event unforgettable. Event planners can receive 10% off their order with coupon code: saveonfavors10.

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