Who should I tip and how much is a usual question our consultant's are asked. Our advice is preceded by a reminder that tipping should always be about a job well done. Consider this basic premise when allocating dollars for tips and increase or decrease from the following guidelines based on the service provided. For simplicity sake, it is usually best to entrust tips to one person - the bride's father or the best man on the wedding day and to have the amonts prepared in advance and in labeled envelopes for distribution wherever possible.
Here are some service providers and suggested guidelines for gratuities.
- · Hair stylists - 15% -20% of the fees, plus 5% for the shampoo assistant.
- · Makeup artists - 15% to 20% of fees
- · Valets - $1 -$2 per car to be divided among all valets
- · Coat Checkers - $1- $2 per coat to be divided among all checkers
- · Chauffeurs - 15% - 20% of transportation bill
- · Catering staff - up to 20% of catering bill to be divided among all staff
- · Bartenders - 15% to 20% of bar bill if tipping by guests was permitted as in a cash bar, or up to 30% if guests were not permitted to tip.
For officiants at ceremonies and musicians/soloists check with your ceremony site contact about the usual fee. If they say "free will offering" here are usual guidelines.
- · For civil ceremony officiates - $50 - $75 - and for religious officiants the same. The best man can handle distribution of these for the couple.
- · Ceremony soloists or pianist/organist - $35 to $75
Even florists, photographers, videographers, bakes, seamstresses may sometimes deserve tips under extraordinary circumstances. Remember to include a line item in your wedding budget for tips to insure that no one will be forgotten.