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Bride's Guide to Gratuity

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Tipping vendors and wedding service providers can be tricky.  Here’s a guide to whom to tip, how much, and when during the wedding day to do so.

Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist

How Much: 15 to 25 percent; 30 percent if work done on-site
When: Time of service

Ceremony Musician

How much: $20 to $25 per person
When: After the ceremony

DJ

How much: $50 to $150
When: At the end of the night or within a few days with a thank-you note

Wedding Planner

How Much: 15 to 20 percent
When: At the end of the night or within a few days with a thank-you note

On-Site Coordinator

How Much: 15 to 20 percent of the food and drink fee (usually between $100 and $300)
When: At the end of the night

Wait Staff/Bartenders

How much: $20 to $30 per waiter and $25 to $40 for each bartender, depending on the type of bar service, if not already included in your total price
When: At the end of the night (give the money to banquet manager)

Rental Delivery People

How much: $5 to $10 per person
When: Time of service

Officiant

How much: Often a donation to the house of worship – anywhere from $100 to $500 – will be made in lieu of payment/gratuity. For nondenominational officiants, anywhere from $50 to $100 (on top of the fee) or an invite to the reception is a nice gesture.
When: After the ceremony

Drivers

How much: 15 to 20 percent, often included in the contract
When: Time of service

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