Weddings are an incredibly fun event to plan and should be one of the most wonderful moments in your life. The only problem is that wedding planning often comes with many stressors, especially when considering the budget. 

The budget is the biggest factor that determines what you can and can’t have at your wedding. If your venue ends up costing more than expected, you might have to make some cuts when it comes to décor, or if catering is way under budget, you can invest the extra money from that into your favors. There are all sorts of little things and examples that can make or break the image you have for your big day.  

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The main things people always consider when looking at their budget include the venue, catering, décor, invites, florals, dress, and more. Even after you’ve considered all of these things, there are always surprise costs that you have to keep room for in your budget.  

One thing many people don’t think about and don’t make room for in their budget are tips.  

I never realized tipping culture was a thing within weddings, assuming that vendors would simply price their services at whatever they see fitting for themselves, or they have gratuity included in the contract, but apparently that isn’t always the case. Fortunately, there are a variety of guides available online that help guide you through who and how much you should tip.  

Some of the recurring themes among various sources include tipping between 10% to 20% to people like coordinators, hairstylists, and makeup artists. Other common tips come in smaller increments like $5 to $20 to delivery and set up staff, $15 to $20 per musician, and even get up to $50 to $200 for photographers and videographers.  

If you aren’t sure who you should tip and how much, I would encourage simply asking your vendors yourself. They will likely let you know that tipping is either absolutely unnecessary, or some will let you know that tipping is not required but is accepted and highly appreciated.  

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