The Ultimate Guide to Tipping Your Wedding Vendors

We often make the mistake of not including tips and gratuities in the wedding budget. Yes, some of your wedding vendors will be expecting an extra service fee from you, as the contracts wouldn’t cover them. Here’s a guide on tipping your wedding vendors:


A direct tip isn’t required if your wedding officiant is a clergy member. But you can give an additional donation, as you wish, to his or her house of worship. For a non-clergy officiant, keep your tip around $50.

Planner, Stationer, Florist, and Baker

These vendors are generally professional business owners and won’t be expecting a gratuity or service fee. However, you can consider putting in a little extra cash or a check after the service. If there’s an assistant with the planner, a tip anywhere between $50 and $150 is good.

Photographer and Videographer

These vendors are also owners of their own companies, so as a general rule, giving them tips isn’t necessary. However, you can still make a tip of or over $100 if you’re so inclined. But if the photographer and videographer are not directly the owners, but rather team members, give a 15-20% gratuity in total.

Banquet/Catering Manager

For an established wedding venue like a hotel or resort, it’s possible that a banquet or catering manager will be directly involved throughout the process. If they aren’t also your wedding coordinator, make sure to tip them separately for their services – anywhere between $250 and $500.