Tipping Points

Couple's always ask my advice on what is the appropriate amount to tip the people who made their big day go smoothly. Sharon Naylor, author of The Essential Guide to Wedding Etiquette, suggests these guidelines.

Officiant ~ $50-$100
Ceremony Musicians ~ $20 to $30
Reception site manager  ~ 15 to 20 percent of entire bill for the reception
Valets ~ $1-$2 per car
Waiters ~ $20 to $30 each, depending upon quality of service
Bartenders ~ 15 percent of liquor bill
Coat check ~ $1 per coat
Photographer &
Videographer ~ $30 - $100 or more (unless these vendors own their studios)
Delivery workers ~ $10 each if just dropping items off; $20 each if dropping off and setting up
Tent assemblers &
rental agency assemblers ~ $20 each, more so if the tent is large or complicated or if parquet flooring is set down as well
Reception musicians ~ $25 to $30 each; $50 to $150 for a DJ
Hair stylist &
makeup artist ~ 15 to 20 percent of the bill
Cleanup crew ~ $20 each
Limousine drivers ~ 15 to 29 percent of transportation bill. Sometimes the tip has already been included in the contract. (For great service, consider a small bonus tip.)
And last but not least, your wedding planner ~ 10 to 20 percent of your bill.

We all thank you in advance!

Your grateful wedding planner,


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