Tipping is not mandatory, but it is a kind gesture to express gratitude for a job well done. Here are some common wedding vendors and whether or not it's customary to tip them:

Wedding planner: Optional, but if they have done an exceptional job, you may consider giving them a 10-20% tip.

Catering staff: Usually included in the contract as a service charge, but if it's not included or if the service was exceptional, 15-20% of the total bill can be given as a tip.

Bartenders: Optional, but if they did an excellent job, you can give them $1-$2 per guest or 10-20% of the total bar bill.

Hair and makeup artists: Optional, but if they did an excellent job and were on time, you can give them a 15-25% tip.

DJ/band: Optional, but If they did a great job keeping your guests entertained and happy throughout the event then 10-20% of their fee can be given as a tip.

Officiant: Optional, however if they went above and beyond to make your ceremony special then you can give them $50-$100 as a gift or donation.

Ultimately, whether or not to tip your wedding vendors is up to you and how satisfied you were with their services. If tipping isn't in your budget or goes against your personal beliefs on tipping etiquette, don't feel obligated to do so. A heartfelt thank-you note or positive online review can go just as far in expressing appreciation for their hard work on your special day.|