Wedding 101: Tipping Vendors

“Should I tip my vendors?”

It’s an age-old question, but there’s not much information out there on it to help you all decide. I remember I myself had no idea about whether or not I should tip my vendors.

There’s really no right or wrong answer to whether or not you tip your vendors. It’s really just guidelines to follow, and if you want to, then that’s great! Here are a couple guidelines to remember and consider when you’re thinking of tipping your vendors:

 

1. First and foremost, it’s all up to you and of course the service that you receive from the vendor. Know that tipping is never required. It’s always a nice surprise of course, but it’s never expected.

2. You’ll definitely want to know if a tip of some sort has already been included in your total. If there is an extra charge, ask what it goes towards. Caterers and venues tend to include a gratuity for their servers and bartenders in your final costs, but ask them to make sure! Often times for some vendors there can be a “service fee”, but it usually goes to operating costs for things to happen correctly on your wedding day and it’s not considered as a tip (i.e. paying employees, equipment rentals, etc).

3. Think of it as if you were tipping a server at a restaurant. You would tip them 15%, 20%, etc of the total bill, right? The amount that you tip would depend on the level of service they provided you as well. But what if you’re in a party of 8 or more and gratuity was included? Then you’re not as likely to tip them on top of that.  A wedding vendor is providing you with a service as well, so follow that same thought process with your vendors.

 

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