Tipping: How much is the average for each vendor?

January 6, 2020

Tips are never required but always appreciated if your vendor went above and beyond. Here are a few suggestions on the average tipping amounts given to Wedding Vendors.


Catering & Bartending:

If your contract doesn’t include gratuity, you should tip 15 to 20 percent of the total bill. Another way to tip is offering $50 to $100 for each chef and $20 to $50 per server.


Wedding planner:

If you were given a discount or the planner went far above and beyond their contracted services, offering a tip of 10 to 20 percent is a nice way of saying “thank you” for the efforts.


Photographer and videographer:

Giving them an extra $50 to $200 is a nice gesture. If there are two or three shooters, giving a $50 to $100 tip to each person (who doesn’t own the business) is optional.


Ceremony staff and 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.



Often times officiants won’t accept tips, but a $100 donation to their church is a great way to thank them. If the officiant is non-denominational, consider giving them a $100 tip, especially if they aren’t charging for your service.


Hair and makeup artist:

A 15 to 20 percent tip is expected, just like it would be for any other regular salon visit, but it isn’t required.


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 to $50 tip per band member is appropriate.



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



If they do an outstanding job, you can consider giving them a 10 to 15 percent tip after services are rendered.


Keep this in mind:

Though tipping at weddings has become more of a custom in all service areas, it isn’t mandatory or even expected by most wedding professionals. With the exception of the catering staff and possibly the venue, tips are considered a nice surprise by almost all vendors. Another way to say thank you is to Send a handwritten thank-you note or even better, refer your vendors to your friends — That is always one of the best thank you’s we can receive!



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