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Gratuity Guidelines

In most of the reading that I have done I have found that it is not unusual to give gratuity, if it is not already included. I was mored surprised by the actual percent that was given.  Most couples give a 15% - 20% percent gratuity if they feel like they have done an exceptional job.  This may be hard to handle when you are diving deep into saving accounts. Keep in mind though, this is not to all vendors, and unless there is a contract stating other wise you are not obligated to due so.  But I wanted to take this info and compile into a list so that you could see what is customary for each vendor. 15%-20% Caterer/Banquet Manager (usually included in contract) WaitStaff (Usually included in contract) Bartender (If the bartender is not accepting tips, an additional 10% is suggested) Limousine Drivers DJ's Photographer/Videographers Florist Bakers Wedding Planners/Coordinators Well you would think that covers everyone right?  Well wrong.  Here's a list of vendors that you would pay per guest or per service. Bands: $25.00 per band member Restroom and Coat Check Personnel: $0.50-$1.00 per guest Parking Attendants: $1.00-$2.00 per car Officiant: $75.00-$100.00 (Please remember that Civil Officiants receive a flat fee and are usually not allowed to accept                     gratuities) Ceremony Staff: Organists/Musicians $35.00-$75.00 Altar boys, Sextons, etc $5.00-$25.00 Again, please keep in mind that you are not obligated to give a gratuity unless other wise stated in a contract.

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