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WHO DO YOU TIP AT YOUR WEDDING? AND HOW MUCH?
One of the areas that couples tend to neglect when planning their wedding
budget is the subject of tipping. From caterers to waiters to clergy members,
it is customary to provide an additional tip on top of the regular costs
When planning out your budget, be sure to allow an additional amount
to the quoted price, so that you aren't caught unaware and short of cash.
Following, is a general idea on the amounts you should set aside for different
wedding suppliers. Remember, these amounts are not set in stone. Plan
according to your budget and the type of service you receive from each.
- Caterer and/or Banquet Manager - 15% for extra special
service. Usually, the gratuity is already included into the set fee.
Be sure to check on this. If it hasn't been, add 15% to the price.
- Bartenders - 15% to 20% of the liquor bill.
- Bridal Consultant - 15% for extra special service.
- Powder Room and Coat Room Attendants - 50¢ per
guest. You could also arrange to pay a flat tipping fee instead.
- Clergymembers - $20 or more donation, depending on
the length of the ceremony.
- Civil Ceremony Officials - $10 and up. However, look
into this first. Some judges cannot accept money.
- Florist - 15% directly to the driver who delivers
the flowers. (Don't include it when paying the bill, the driver will
never see it.)
- Photographer - 10% to 15% for extra special service.
- Videographer - 10% to 15% for extra special service.
- Cake Decorator - 10% to 15% for extra special service
or for a difficult / very large cake.
- Musicians or D.J. - 15% for extra special service.
- Limousine Driver - 10% to 15% paid directly to the
by Rose Smith, Copyright 2001
Rose Smith is the author of How to Create a Beautiful Medieval Wedding
and several other wedding booklets. Visit Wedding
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