April 28, 2011
I am getting married soon and my Dad said that I need to have extra cash to tip the officiant. If the ceremony goes well a thank you with a little extra $ seems like the right thing to do. My officiant has been a gem. She has answered all my questions and helped me make the ceremony the way my fiance wants. She was the cheapest in my area (only 100 and others I talked to were 3 or 4 times as much!) and she is bringing a microphone for us too. What is the right tip for an officiant? Do I have to do this for everyone? photographer? He was way more expensive!
I don't want to go over budget! Help!
I would say a $50.00 dollar tip seems appropriate, after all you are getting a good deal!
April 28, 2011
I've been in the biz as an entertainer for 30+ years and not heard of tipping an officiant....but all the vendors @ a wedding are in the "service" biz and it doesn't surprise me....a tip is nice but shouldn't be expected by vendors.....for private functions such as a wedding where I am the DJ......I do not put out a "tip jar" @ weddings....I feel it cheapens the event.but I know many who do......we are already paid for service......but bartenders seem to have no problem with this....and guests seem to think they have to tip the bartender......and if it's an open bar.....they tip more!....I've seen them make $100's of dollars....for doing nothing but serving free drinks!.....while the DJ works his butt off to please getting no extra....anyway...a little extra for those who you think did a great job for you is nice an appreciated greatly but in no way a requirement!
April 28, 2011
If she helped you with everything and will deliver your wedding under budget than I would say a generous tip would be the way to go. Also, a glowing and sincere referral goes a long way! If you are able to help her attract more clients and help her grow her business then you are building relationships which will translate to real $$$.
Troy, I would estimate about 25% of my couples have given me some sort of gratuity, whether it is cash or a gift of some kind.
Tipping the officiant $50 was good advice back in 1990. From a DJs point of view, I can no longer rely on tips, and I thank OPEC! When gas prices started getting crazy four years ago, tips suffered. When gas prices dropped, tips came back. Now that they are not dropping to pre-Katrina levels, what was once a $100 tip (for the DJ) from a happy FOB, is now an $8 tip, and I'd rather they keep it, because obviously they NEED it lol. After eight years as DJ / owner, I realize I can no longer rely on tips, and price my packages over $1000 in order to ensure quality service.
As a Wedding Planner, I think your officiant must LOVE you to charge you 1/3 of the market rate for your Ceremony. Judge for yourself, based on how much he helps you during the rehearsal, whether you will tip $50 or more!
If you've had an amazing experience, thanking your officiant is more than ok. Most other vendors charge a 10-20% service charge, and still get tipped on top. Of course, word of mouth and referrals are always a great way to pay it forward as well. If you've had a great experience, it's because of the vendors/professionals you've selected! They are a part of your special day!
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June 16, 2011
Yes, it is proper to tip your waitress, your hairdresser, and your Wedding Officiant.
i will getting married in next year. so, i don't no how can plan my wedding budget for hole wedding? anyone suggest how to make easy wedding in low budget.
October 30, 2011
I have to respond to the DJ stating that bartenders sometimes make $100 in tips 'for just making drinks"...oh buddy you have no clue...that bartender makes a LOW wage, was there hours earlier setting up, waiting for guests to arrive, hopefully making everyone happy, staying quick, remembering who was drinking what, having to watch for, and take responsibility for minors, dealing with people who've had too much...etc. etc..then cleaning and taking down the mess when it's all over...all YOU'VE done is played music...bahahaha...without tips, service people earn nada...nothing...
And YES please tip your officiant, at least $25-75 as per your budget...and also your bartender, servers, and even the DJ.
After reading all the posts in this thread, I have to agree that tipping your service vendors is greatly appreciated, but not required. I am a DJ as well as a few other folks that responded. We charge an appropriate amount for our weddings. There have been times when we have been asked at the wedding to do something out of the scope of the contract and for that, I do expect to be tipped because I went above and beyond what was expected and there have been times when I've not been tipped for that service. For the bartender who thinks that all we do is play music?....wow, you are uneducated, aren't you. My company helps the newlyweds plan everything from who will say the prayer to their dances with their parents. We are usually the first to get to the venue because of all our equipment and the last to leave most times. Our company never puts out a tip jar at our private events, but we have been tipped from all kinds of folks but mostly from the bridal party. Final words - go with your instinct. Tip if you feel like you got more than your $$'s worth and make sure you tell everyone about the great service you received. Good luck and congrats on your upcoming wedding.