Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tipping Etiquette: Special Occasions

Wedding Photographer Illustration by Inslee Haynes
Most of us are comfortable with everyday tipping etiquette, but did you know that vendors for special events get tips too? If your'e hosting a wedding, birthday bash, black tie gala, or some other fabulous event, here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Photographer: Tip at least $100 at the end of the night. They worked hard!
  • Bartenders: Tip them at least 10% of the final bill. This is on top of any tips they may have received from your guests throughout the night. 
  • Catering Manager: Make sure to do something nice for the person who kept you full and happy all night. $200 is appropriate for this vendor.
  • Ceremony Musicians: As a general rule, 15% is appropriate. Alternatively, you could tip $15 to $25 per musician.
  • Chef: Similar to the catering manager, you'll need to give this guy/gal a little something extra. Try $100.
  • Hairstylist/Makeup Artist: The 15-20% rule of everyday tipping applies here.
  • Limo/Bus Driver: You'll want to tip at least 15%, although you may consider a bit more if the crowd was a handful!
  • Officiant: Unless your officiant is a close personal friend, a tip or a donation to their house of worship is appropriate. These tips/donations can range from $75 to $500.
  • Planner: If you used a wedding planner or event coordinator, a 15% tip is appropriate. 
  • Reception Musicians: Slip then each $50 and you're good to go!
  • Waiters: $20 each is an appropriate tip, unless your catering service included tips in the overall cost. 

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