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After you've walked down the aisle and said your "I do's," after you've partied the night away and dug your fork and knife into the delicious food, and after all of your guests have enjoyed a slice of wedding cake, you'll start the process of closing out your wedding. But before you head home, you may decide to pull your wallet out for one more wedding expense: vendor tips.
Our biggest piece of advice? The best thing you can do is decide how much to give each vendor before the wedding begins and then separate those amounts into separate envelopes. You can carry those envelopes around with you throughout the night, mail them to the vendors after the wedding, or ask your wedding coordinator to hand them out to the vendors at the end of the night for you.
But the real question is: how much should you tip each vendor?
First, it's important to note that if you aren't happy with the service the vendor provided, you don't technically have to tip each of your vendors. But if you were happy with them, it's a nice gesture to give them a tip.
Here's a breakdown of how much to tip these four different vendors:
Hair and Makeup Team
It's customary to give them 15 to 20 percent of the total service. If the bridesmaids used the team, they should also tip them based on the services they used.
This is a little trickier, as we have a general guideline to don't tip the owner of their own company (someone who's self-employed), which is the case for a lot of wedding planners. But, if your coordinator is part of a larger company, or if you feel so included to give your planner a nice gift, even if they are self-employed, you can give your planner around $250-500 in cash as a tip and thank you for all their hard work.
There are two different tips you can give in this instance. One is to the organization, as a donation, that the officiant is a part of (whether it's your church or temple) as well as direct tip to them (which could be anywhere from $50-100).
Wedding Photographer and Videographer
At the end of the night, you can give each one a tip of anywhere between $50-$250 for their services. If there's a team of people, consider splitting up the tip per person or giving one sum for them to split amongst the team.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.