GSS Guest Blogger :: Tips on Tipping Wedding Professionals with Sarabeth Events

We have the utmost privilege of having Dallas Event Planner, Sarabeth Quattlebaum of Sarabeth Events, as a guest blogger for Groom Sold Separately today!  We are so excited and beyond thrilled to have Sarabeth lend her expertise and experience with us! 

We know that it can be stressful and confusing when it comes to tipping your wedding professionals… Should you tip?  If so, which ones should you tip?  And how much?  Fortunately for us, Sarabeth has the scoop on tipping your wedding professionals!

So, without further ado…. Ladies and Gentlemen, here is Sarabeth!

We recently attended an oh-so-delicious-and-informational American Association of Certified Wedding Planners meeting at the beautiful Crow Collection of Asian Art. This months’ topic was Money, Money, Money (who doesn’t like to talk about that?!).  One of the most important things we discussed was a standard on tipping that we’d like to pass on to you!

Side tip: If you are personally extending the gratuities to wedding professionals or if you are having your wedding planner/coordinator extraordinaire perform this gracious task, it is polite to have the money in a sealed, marked envelope with a personal note included.  Most vendors won’t accept a wad of cash out of your pocket, so please add a special touch for this special thank you!

 

“Tipping is a personal expression of gratitude for service delivered graciously and efficiently. The numbers below are only guidelines and apply when gratuities are not included in the bill. If you are unsure of whether they are covered, or if you are confused about when and how much to tip, just ask. Tips are generally larger in big cities and upscale environments. Be sure to work these figures into your overall wedding budget well in advance. “

  • Whom to Tip: Club Catering, Venue Coordinator or Banquet Manager.
  • How much to Tip: Given for extraordinary service at your discretion.
  • When and By Whom: Given at the end of reception or the next day, with a note of thanks included.
  • Whom to Tip: Waiters and waitresses.
  • How much to Tip: Usually not tipped directly.
  • When and By Whom: Usually figured in to the total bill by venue. If not, the customary 15% will do nicely.
  • Whom to Tip: Bartenders.
  • How much to Tip: 10% of total liquor bill.
  • When and By Whom: Often figured in to the total bill by venue. If not, the reception host or wedding consultant pays the top in an envelope near the end of the reception.
  • Whom to Tip: Powder-room or Coatroom attendants.
  • How much to Tip: $.50-$1.00 per guest, or arrange a gratuity with the hotel or club management.
  • When and By Whom: The reception host should pay in advance, so that the appropriate sign, “Gratuities Have Been Arranged By The Host”, can be displayed.
  • Whom to Tip: Parking Attendants
  • How much to Tip: $1.00-$3.00 per car, or arrange a gratuity with the hotel or club management.
  • When and By Whom: The reception host should pay in advance, so guests will not be expected to pay.
  • Whom to Tip: Limousine Driver
  • How much to Tip: 15-20% of total limousine bill.
  • When and By Whom: The host or the wedding consultant tips the driver at the delivery site.
  • Whom to Tip: Entertainment
  • How much to Tip: $20-$50.00 each
  • When and By Whom: The reception host or wedding consultant offers in envelopes at the end of the reception.
  • Whom to Tip: Acolytes, Cantors, Soloists, Choir Members, Organist
  • How much to Tip: $5 for alter assistants, $25 for cantors and choir members, $25-$40 for organist, $25-$50 for soloists
  • When and By Whom: Sometimes the payment is taken care of through your church fee. If not, use the above guidelines.
  • Whom to Tip: Florist, Photographer, Film Maker
  • How much to Tip: 15% of total bill.
  • When and By Whom: Usually no need to tip above contracted price unless vendor has gone above and beyond and provided excellent service.
  • Whom to Tip: Hair | Makeup Artist
  • How much to Tip: 15-20% of total bill
  • When and By Whom: Upon conclusion of the service.

Thank you so much, Sarabeth, for sharing your expertise with us!  Please stop by Sarabeth Events website and blog and show them some love!

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