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Ashley + Amanda: A DIY Ohio Backyard Wedding
Published: Tuesday, 22 April 2014 21:33
Ashley + Amanda: A DIY Ohio Backyard Wedding

Ashley and Amanda had a quaint backyard wedding with a lot of Northern charm!

Federal Lawsuit Filed in Georgia to End Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Published: Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:12
Federal Lawsuit Filed in Georgia to End Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal lawsuit has been filed against Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Green Guide to an Eco-Friendly Wedding
Published: Tuesday, 22 April 2014 04:54
Green Guide to an Eco-Friendly Wedding

 Go green for your wedding theme using eco-friendly elements, from flowers to photography.

Charlotte + Clare: An Intimate Bristol Wedding
Published: Tuesday, 22 April 2014 02:41
Charlotte + Clare: An Intimate Bristol Wedding

Charlotte and Clare had an intimate wedding in Bristol!

Baby, It's Cold Outside: Planning a Chilly Spring Wedding
Published: Monday, 21 April 2014 19:36
Baby, It's Cold Outside: Planning a Chilly Spring Wedding

Spring weddings can come with fickle weather. Plan ahead!

Tips on Giving the Perfect Wedding Gift
Published: Monday, 21 April 2014 13:40
Tips on Giving the Perfect Wedding Gift

If you’ve been invited to a wedding and are unsure what to gift the brides or grooms, consider two factors: your own personal budget, and your relationship with the couple.

Susan + Jana: A Rustic Catskill Mountain Wedding
Published: Monday, 21 April 2014 17:29
Susan + Jana: A Rustic Catskill Mountain Wedding

Susan and Jana were married in the Catskill Mountains!

Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed
Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 14:29
Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed

The Ohio gay marriage ruling has been stayed. Appeals will likely take months.

How to Get Legally Married in Vermont
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:19
How to Get Legally Married in Vermont

All you need to know about getting legally married in Vermont!

How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:44
How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island

Same-sex couples can be legally married in Rhode Island. 

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Your bank account has already suffered during the planning process, so the idea of shelling out more dough to tip your wedding vendors day-of may seem baffling. While not all vendors expect a service charge, there is a proper protocol, so before you stuff the envelopes, check out our tipping cheat sheet:

EXPECTED

Hair stylist/makeup artist: If you go to the salon, you’re expected to tip, as the salon is making the money and not the individual. However, if the stylist/artist comes to you, it’s merely appreciated.
How much: 15-20 percent

Driver: Whether you have a limo whisking you and your ‘maids around for the beauty prepping, a party bus to transport guests, or a carriage carrying you and your new wife toward honeymoon bliss, you are expected to tip the driver if a service charge is not included in your contract.
How much: 15-20 percent

Valet Parking Attendants: Estimate 50 cents to a dollar per car and be sure to post a sign so guests know that gratuity is being taken care of.
How much: $.50 to $1.00 per car

Officiant: If your officiant is of religious affiliation, then a donation to that institution is proper protocol. If you’re using a civil official, no tip is required.
How much: $100-$500 to religious institution

Set-Up Staff: A lot of work goes into setting up your dream wedding so slip a few dollars to those who are putting in the manual labor of delivery and setting up the tents, tables, chairs, etc.
How much: $5-$10 per person

Wait Staff: Check your contract, as most catering companies include a service fee. If not, tip 15  percent of the total catering bill to be divided amongst the staff.
How much: 15 percent of total catering bill

Bartenders: Again, tip only if it’s not already included.
How much: 10 percent of total liquor bill

Restroom and/or Coatroom Attendants: Guests will instinctually want to tip, so be sure to post that gratuity has already been prearranged.
How much: $.50 to $1 per guest.

OPTIONAL

Photographer/Videographer: Their fees are usually sufficient; however, if the photographer or videographer does not own the studio, a tip to those documenting your day is appreciated.
How much: $50-$100

Band/DJ: Whether it’s a DJ or 12-piece brass band that gets guests on the dance floor, music can make or break a reception. Though tipping is optional, it’s appreciated for a high-quality job, especially if the musician/DJ is a member of a larger company.
How much: $20-$25 per musician; $50-$100 for DJs

Wedding Planner: They turned your vision into reality, but they’re also getting paid to do so, so don’t feel obligated to tip. However, if yours did an exceptional job and you want to show a token of appreciation, a tip or gift is welcome.
How much: $200-$500 or a nice gift.

Florist: While there is no need to tip the florist, you may opt to tip the staff who deliver and set-up.
How much: $10-$20 per person

Cake Designer: As with the florist, no need to tip for the actual design, but delivery and set-up is appreciated.
How much: $10

 

Photo: Real Weddings Nick and Paul, photography by Long Haul Photo

 


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