Hey there, lovebirds! Planning your dream wedding is an exciting adventure, filled with joy, laughter, and a touch of magic. As you gear up for the big day, don't forget about the incredible team of vendors working behind the scenes to make your wedding dreams come true. Now, we know you're wrapped up in the whirlwind of wedding planning, but it's time to talk about spreading a little extra love – through tipping! In this guide, we'll break down the who, when, and how much, ensuring your wedding vendors feel appreciated and valued.
(Be sure to always check your contracts to see if gratuity is already included in the total cost.)
A few things to consider:
Forget the old rule about not tipping owners of a business. If you're happy with the service provided to you, you should tip regardless of whether they own their business or not. It’s not always about the money—it’s the praise and recognition that comes with even a modest tip. But the old practice of NOT tipping a business owner is outdated. Business owners often wear many hats and do a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure they deliver a quality product to make your day perfect so they definitely deserve the extra thank you.
Can you give a gift or gift card instead of cash? Sure, tips in all forms are appreciated however vendors tend to prefer cash. They've likely been gifted a "Best Wedding Photographer Ever" water bottle already but that extra cash can help feed their families.
Saying "thank you" without spending more money? Wedding reviews are GOLD. Since these real-life recommendations can make or break the success of a company, a positive review will be appreciated more than you know.
You do NOT need to give 20% across the board.
You do NOT need to tip every wedding vendor.
Who distributes the tips?
Delegate this task to a trusted and reliable person. It can be a family member or a member of your wedding party or your Day of Coordinator (at Keep It Sweet Studios, we make sure all tips are distributed appropriately and collect signatures to confirm they received it). Make sure to clearly label your envelopes and seal them so no cash "goes missing" or falls out.
When should tips be distributed?
There's no one way to distribute tips. Some couples choose to distribute at the beginning of the night, split the tips between the beginning and the end, some wait until a week or two after their event and send tips separately. Most commonly, tips are given towards the end of the evening. You can distribute them any way you choose.
The VIPs - Who to Tip: