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Okay, so it’s not so much a definition as a guide.

A wonderful gesture of gratitude for those who have gone out of their way to make your day extra special, is tipping.

It’s up to you how much you tip, but the rule of thumb is it is usually based on the amount you have spent on the total service.

Because you will be occupied with having fun and there will be plenty of excitement on your big day, hand over the job of delivering the tips to your wedding coordinator. Your dad can be your 2nd choice if you have no coordinator (but who would be so crazy to not hire a coordinator at all?) 🙂

Have all your tips (cash is usual) in separate envelopes and clearly labeled on the front, then hand them off to your coordinator at the beginning of the day.

Here is a breakdown of some usual and customary tips;

Coordinator: 15% to 20% of the total bill.
Photographer/Videographer: $20 to $25 each
Officiant: Between $100 & $200
Caterer & Wait Staff: 15% to 20% of the total bill
Banquet Manager/Maitre d’: $100 to $500, depending on the number of guests.
Bartenders: 10% of the total liquor bill
Delivery people: about $10 each person
Entertainment: $20 to $25 each member
Hair, Make-up and nails: 15% to 20% of the total bill
Parking Attendants/Valets: 15% to 20% of the total bill
Coat/Restroom Attendants: about .50 to $1.00 per guest

On all of the gratuities, make sure it isn’t already included in your total bill.

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