It’s important to consider tips for vendors when planning an Oahu beach wedding. When it comes to tipping, how much is proper and who actually deserves a little extra? At Hawaii Weddings, we have a few tips to help you decide which vendors actually deserve gratuity for exceptional service, and how much you should plan on tipping when planning your budget.

First of all, keep in mind that many companies today include gratuity or tips in the contract, so read it thoroughly and don’t be afraid to ask questions if the wording is not clear and you’re unsure whether gratuity is included.

Keep in mind it’s best to include tips in your budget initially when planning your Hawaii wedding. Chances are you’ve picked the vendors you find most suitable, and costs may be higher than what you expected before you began planning. By including tips in the budget from the get-go, you won’t face any unanticipated costs.

Have gratuities ready beforehand. When you’ve already chosen your vendors, it makes things easier to place tips in envelopes labeled with the vendor’s name. Once the service is completed to your satisfaction or at the end of the ceremony/event, you can hand out the envelopes in a discreet manner.

Remember that money isn’t the only way of showing your appreciation to vendors. In some cases, it may be more appropriate to send a small gift (for instance, if a good friend took wedding photos), or give a company with a website a stellar online review. Depending on the vendor/service provided, a personal thank-you note along with photos of the event may also be appropriate. Vendors with an online presence often appreciate a great review or publicity more than money, as this can help attract future clients and build the company’s brand.

Should you tip the owner of the company? In most cases, no – tip the employees who did the work. It’s also important to keep in mind that every vendor may not necessarily deserve a tip at all, particularly if the service provided was inadequate or not what was promised. Tip only those vendors who actually deserve it!

So, how much should you tip? It all depends on the service provided. For instance, caterers often are given a gratuity that equals 15% to 20% of the total bill. For the music or DJ, 15% of the total bill is standard. If you’ve hired a wedding planner or coordinator, it really depends on how extravagant your wedding is and the quality of work provided. Average tips vary from $50 up to $500, and most wedding planners appreciate photos to add to their portfolios to attract future clients.

At Hawaii Weddings, we want grooms and brides-to-be to be completely prepared for the costs of your Hawaii wedding, including tips. For a wide array of wedding packages and more information for a romantic, memorable wedding you’ll cherish forever, browse our website.