Tipping Wedding Vendors | Gracious Gratuity 101

April 11

Like most Brides, tipping on your wedding day is the last thing on your mind. Especially after spending an arm and a leg, just to reach the aisle! Trust me, I understand.

But truth be told, it’s important.  As the client and receiver of said service, gratuity can crown you a gracious hostess and warrant a rave review. Even vendors remember the “good” ones and the “bad.” {Just kidding… well sort of!}

The point is, tipping is essential in some cases, even at your wedding. You wouldn’t go to the hairdresser, masseur or out for dinner, without offering up gratuity…. or would you?! 

When it comes to customary tipping for your wedding, like hair + makeup artists, vendors use gratuity to gauge how well they met your needs. If nothing is provided, you could leave them feeling inadequate, unappreciated and assuming you were dissatisfied. And I’m sure that’s not the case!

In other cases, like your musicians and transportation, gratuity can be optional. The key lies in your contract: if a tip has been included, you need not offer more.

Lastly, there’s cases where it’s unnecessary, like your wedding planner, photographer or videographer. The fact is, most often these individuals own their own business. So, your payment goes directly to them. However, should they have hired help on hand or perhaps went above their call of duty, a small gesture is very much appreciated!

But in the end, gratuity aside, a sincere thank you note takes the cake. For most vendors, they do it for the love of it. Their work is their passion and it sets their heart on fire. Praise and appreciation is what makes their job worthwhile.

Fret not, my friends, because I always have your back. Included here, is a handy dandy cheat sheet

 Download your copy |  Etiquette for Tipping Wedding Vendors 


Have a question? Unsure about a vendor not mentioned?  email me: hello@kaileymichelle.com

About Kailey-Michelle

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