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Should You Tip the Wedding Photographer?

Should You Tip the Wedding Photographer?

When you go to a restaurant and receive excellent service, you will most likely leave a tip. The same case applies to weddings. It is normal to show gratitude to people who have helped make your wedding day a success. You should understand wedding photographers are very instrumental in preserving your wedding day memories. It is also worth noting that he or she will spend the whole day with you and so it is important to show your appreciation. However, many couples wonder whether they should tip the wedding photographer. Here are a few pointers to help you decide on whether you should tip the photographer.

  • Double check the contract. Most wedding photographers will be sent by a company. Therefore, it is important for you to check the agreement you have signed. You should understand that most gratuities are incorporated into the price quotes, for things like photography and videography. Therefore, it is imperative that you check the contract well, to avoid double-tipping. In case the gratuity has not been included in the contract, make sure that it is added to it. This will save you the hassle of dealing with it on the wedding day.
  • Do not tip the owner. As mentioned earlier, a wedding photographer can be sent by a company or a representative of a specific studio. There is no need to tip the photographer if he or she owns the studio. However, if the photographer has been sent by a specific studio or a company, you can tip him or her. However, it is worth noting that you should give a tip to the photographer who is on the ground, as well as his assistants.
  • Compliment extraordinary efforts. Everyone is familiar with the customary tips. However, if your wedding photographer goes out of his way to make sure that your wedding photos are amazing, you might consider rewarding him. It does not have to be a cash reward; you could give the wedding photographer a gift card worth between $50 to $100. You can also reward the photographer with a tangible gift, like a bottle of wine. You can also show your gratitude by including a thank you note along with the gift.
  • Place someone in charge. It is always advisable to put someone in charge. In this scenario, you should go for someone you trust. You can decide to go for one of the fathers, the best man or the maid of honor. Whoever it is should be very organized. The role of the selected person is to hand the tips to the photographer and his assistants. You should also ensure that the person you choose knows the exact time to hand out the envelopes. It is worth noting that when you hand out the tips before the wedding, the photographer and his assistants will most likely put in their best efforts to make sure they deliver the best possible on your special day.