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  • Grateful Generosity: Updated Guidelines for Tipping Wedding Vendors in 2024


    Published by Garden State Bride
    Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2024

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    As the years go by, it’s important to stay updated on current trends and practices, including tipping etiquette for wedding vendors. While tipping practices may vary based on your location and individual circumstances, here are some updated guidelines for tipping wedding vendors in 2024 to help you express your gratitude for their exceptional services.

    Wedding Planner/Coordinator:
    Your wedding planner or coordinator is an invaluable asset in bringing your vision to life. Show your appreciation with a tip of around 10-20% of their fee, depending on the level of service they provided. Alternatively, consider a thoughtful gift or personalized thank-you note to express your gratitude for their hard work and dedication.

    Catering and Waitstaff:
    The catering team and waitstaff play a vital role in ensuring your guests are well-fed and taken care of. Check your catering contract to determine if gratuity is already included. If not, it is customary to tip the catering staff 15-20% of the total catering bill. Provide the tip to your wedding planner or coordinator, who will distribute it to the appropriate individuals.

    For external bartending services, consider tipping each bartender 10-15% of the total bar bill. Confirm with your venue or caterer if gratuity is already included. It is best to give the tip to your wedding planner or coordinator for distribution.

    Photographer and Videographer:
    Your photographer and videographer capture the treasured moments of your wedding day. While tipping is not mandatory, it is a thoughtful gesture. Consider tipping 10-15% of their fee or offering a small gift as a token of appreciation for their talent and hard work.

    If your officiant is affiliated with a religious institution, making a donation to their place of worship is often appropriate. The amount can vary based on your religious traditions and personal circumstances. For non-religious or civil ceremonies, a cash tip of $50-$100 is a common guideline.

    Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist:
    Your hair stylist and makeup artist help you look your best on your special day. Tipping 15-20% of their fee, as you would at a salon, is standard practice. If you are working with a team, ask your stylist or artist if they distribute the tip or if you should provide individual tips.

    If you have arranged transportation for your wedding party or guests, it is customary to tip the driver. Review your contract to see if gratuity is already included. If not, consider tipping 15-20% of the total transportation bill.

    Remember, these guidelines are just that – guidelines. Tipping is a personal choice and should be based on the level of service provided and your own budget. If you are unsure about appropriate tip amounts, consult with your wedding planner or coordinator for guidance. Showing your appreciation through a heartfelt thank-you note or positive online review can also go a long way in expressing gratitude to your wedding vendors.

    In conclusion, when it comes to tipping wedding vendors in 2024, staying updated on current practices ensures you can express your gratitude in a meaningful and appropriate way. Consider these updated guidelines as a starting point for tipping your wedding team. Ultimately, the most important thing is to show your appreciation for the exceptional services provided by your vendors on your special day.

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