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#52: Tipping Vendors

We're diving into a topic that often confuses couples: tipping the wedding professionals you hire. Whether you are in the U.S. or specifically in the North Texas area, we've got you covered. So let's get started!

Tipping is a common practice in the wedding industry, and it's a way to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the professionals who make your special day unforgettable. However, it can be challenging to know who to tip, how much to give, and when it's appropriate. So let's break it down.


When it comes to tipping, it's essential to consider the type of vendors you're working with. Let's start with the big ones—the ones who put in hours of work to make your wedding dreams come true. This includes your wedding planner, photographer, videographer, and caterer. In the U.S., it's customary to tip these professionals around 15-20% of their total fee. However, keep in mind that some vendors, like caterers, may include a gratuity charge in their contract, so be sure to check before tipping.

Now, let's talk about other vendors who play a significant role in your wedding day. This includes your hairstylist and makeup artist, ceremony musicians, DJ or band, florist, and transportation services. For these vendors, it's customary to tip around 10-15% of their total fee.

If you're planning a wedding in the North Texas area, the tipping etiquette is generally the same as in the rest of the U.S. However, it's always a good idea to check with your specific vendors or consult with your wedding planner to ensure you're following local customs.

Show Your Gratitude With OUT Opening Your Wallet

While tipping is a great way to show your appreciation, it's not the only way to thank your wedding professionals. Here are some non-monetary ways you can express your gratitude:

  1. Write a heartfelt thank-you note or review. Let them know how much you appreciated their work and the impact they had on your special day.

  2. Share their work on social media. Tag them in your wedding photos or videos, and give them a shout-out for their exceptional services.

  3. Offer to be a reference. If you were particularly impressed by a vendor's work, let them know you'd be happy to recommend them to other engaged couples.

  4. Send a small gift or token of appreciation. It could be a bottle of wine, a personalized item, or something that reflects their interests.

When do you tip your wedding vendors?

Now, let's touch on specific examples of when it's appropriate to tip your wedding professionals:

  1. When they go above and beyond. If a vendor has exceeded your expectations, provided exceptional service, or helped you through a challenging situation, a tip is a great way to acknowledge their efforts.

  2. When the vendor is the owner of the business. In some cases, the owner may be personally involved in your wedding day, so it's customary to show appreciation for their hands-on approach.

  3. When the vendor has a team. If you're working with a team of professionals, consider tipping each team member individually. This ensures that everyone involved in making your day special feels recognized.

Remember, tipping is optional, and the decision is entirely up to you. The most important thing is to communicate your appreciation and gratitude to the wedding professionals who dedicated their time and expertise to make your wedding day unforgettable.


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