There are a multitude of online planning tools out there – but why not use those created for and maintained by a professional wedding planner? That is why we use Aisle Planner! After booking, all of our couples are set up in a completely customizable planning website. It has ALL the planning tools we need to orchestrate a flawless wedding day, while ensuring the utmost organization throughout the entire planning experience.
While the details do matter, one of the most important wedding planning tasks we will tackle is preparing you with your day-of timeline. A clear wedding timeline will eliminate confusion and scheduling conflicts, while keeping everyone on the same page. We break down every moment from start to finish. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when we start to plan:
Your wedding vendors are instrumental to the success of your wedding day, and if they exceed your expectations you’re going to want to reward them. Here is a quick guide on which vendors to tip and how much
Your hair and makeup pros work hard to ensure that you and your crew are looking your best, so knowing how much to tip these wedding vendors is important! Hair and makeup pros should receive 15 to 20 percent of their fee.
Bartenders keep the drinks flowing all night long—how much do you tip these wedding vendors? Turns out each bartender should receive 10 to 20 percent of the total bar tab, if a gratuity was not included.
If you’re wondering about tipping wedding vendors, your caterer will likely be at the top of the list—food will be a super-important part of your wedding! Usually a caterer's tip is included in their service fee, but if not, tip 15 to 20 percent of the food bill or you can break it down to the individuals like so:
If your officiant is affiliated with a house of worship, give an additional donation of $100 to $300 to his/her institution. For a civil officiant, you may tip $50 to $100.
Couples may hire a transportation company to shuttle themselves, their family members, and/or guests. Oftentimes, the gratuity is included in their fee, but if not, tipping these wedding vendors 15 to 20 percent is appropriate.
When it comes to tipping the parking attendants at your venue, estimate how many cars you’re expecting (probably about half the number of guests), and tip the attendants $1 to $2 per car. Guests should not be permitted to give cash tips to parking attendants, since you’ll be covering the gratuity.
Banquet Captain/ Head Waiter: $100-300 each
Head Chef: $50-$100
Wait Staff and Kitchen Staff: $20
OTHER ATTENDANTS: Give $1 to $2 per guest for restroom and coatroom attendants. For example, if you’re hosting 100 guests, attendants should receive $100 each.
Your wedding DJ not only plays music, but often serves as the Emcee for the evening—a big role to be sure. The rule of thumb is that he or she should receive 10 to 15 percent of the total bill.
If you’ve hired live musicians to perform during your ceremony or reception, each player should be tipped $20 to $50
When considering who you tip at your wedding, you might think that your wedding planner requires gratuity. Actually, wedding planners don't usually receive tips, but if you feel yours went above and beyond, you may tip 15 to 20 percent.
If a photographer or videographer owns their business, no tip is necessary. If that’s not the case and your photographer or videographer works for a larger company, tipping these wedding vendors $100 to $200 each is a nice gesture.
Prep your tips in advance with a labeled and sealed envelope. Also, PLEASE NOTE tipping is never mandatory. There are other ways to express your appreciation. Write your vendors a 5-star review online, give them a small gift, or send them a handwritten thank-you note. We all truly appreciate all thoughtful gestures!