A tip is an expression of gratitude and one way to tell your vendors that you appreciate the exceptional service they provided. Should you decide to tip, here are some pointers to consider. Depending on where you live, the advice on how much to tip varies.
Whether you hired a band or DJ, remember to include all members of the entertainment including the dancers and road hands. You may hand the tip envelope to the band leader or MC and ask them to disperse it or hand it out individually.
For the catering or hotel staff, first check your contract to see if a service fee is included. If so, inquire if this service fee will go towards tipping the staff, and if not then a tip is certainly appreciated. If the service fee is not included, consider tipping. Find out how many will be working your event prior to that evening. The advice on how much to tip varies. You may do it on a per guest ratio or per server ratio. You may hand the tip envelope to the Maitre d’ or Banquet Manager and ask them to disperse it. Consider a separate envelope for the Maitre d’ or Banquet Captain.
There is no need to tip the owner of the company, however you may consider a nice gift, thank you note or some expression of your gratitude. Consider getting them professional photos from your event. If they bring assistants, additional staff to set-up or work the event, it is a nice to tip them, if they provide excellent service.
Don’t forget to consider the valet attendants, the limo driver or bus driver.
In the case of photographers, videographers, florist, decorators, party favor vendors and smaller individually owned services you contracted for your event, consider tipping any assistants they brought along. There is no need to tip the owner of the company, however you may consider a nice gift, thank you note or some expression of your gratitude.
Should your event include a religious component, do not forget to consider a ‘tip’ to the officiant or a donation to the church, temple, shul or religious organization.
Prepare the envelopes ahead of time, labeling each with the name of your vendors. You may hand the envelopes to the party coordinator who will hand them out as you may be very involved in saying good bye to your guests. Or you may elect to hand out the envelopes yourselves at the end of your event once your guests have left or visit your vendors after the event and share your appreciation.