Let’s be honest. Your dream wedding day wouldn’t be what it is without your fabulous wedding vendors so it’s critical that you show these talented folks some well-deserved love. Even though you may be exhausted after the soiree, it’s important to remember to thank those who helped make the day so special. So how do you show your appreciation? Do one or all of these to give your wedding vendors the thanks they deserve! Here are 7 easy and heartfelt ways to show appreciation to your team of rockstar vendors.
1. Tip them
This one’s an obvious one. Everyone likes a little financial reminder that they did a great job and in Canada, tips are customary in certain situations. Here’s how much is suggested that you tip different wedding vendors.
Photographer: Some photographers, particularly those who own their business, don’t need tips.
Videographers: Same rules as the photographer.
Makeup and hair: Tips are customary for your stylists; they typically expect between 15-20%.
Florists: Florists aren’t customarily tipped.
Waitstaff: Many venues will include tips for waitstaff in your overall bill. If not, it’s just like eating at a restaurant—a tip of 15-20% is expected.
Bartender: If the bar is hosted, it’s customary to give the bartender a 15-20% tip. If it’s a cash bar, ask your bartender if they’d like to put out a tip jar.
Officiant: It’s customary to give the officiant a tip of around $100.
Venue: If you’re getting married in a church or other religious building, it’s customary to give at least a $500 donation.
Driver: Give your limo driver a 15-20% tip to thank them for a job well done.
Band: Bands typically get between $100-200.
DJ: Tipping a DJ isn’t expected. But if you choose to, $50-100 is a good range.
Wedding planner: Typically, you don’t tip wedding or event planners.
2. Leave reviews on sites like The Knot and Wedding Wire
Many couples find their wedding vendors on these sites, and leaving specific, positive reviews will help your vendors tremendously when it comes to finding new clients. The more reviews a vendor has, the easier it is to find them on many review sites and it’s helping them by cutting their marketing budget as well!
Speaking of vendor guides, have you checked out carats and confetti’s vendor guide yet? If not, you totally should! It’s chalk full of amazing vendors from across The Maritimes. Go ahead and check it out here and leave a review of your favorite vendors in the comments! I guarantee it will make their YEAR if you leave them some love.
3. Refer them to your friends
When it comes to referrals most of us put more trust in referrals from our friends and family which is why word-of-mouth referrals are a great way for vendors to drum up new business. If you’ve got a friend who’s about to walk down the aisle and they’re on a hunt for a photographer, point them towards yours! Spread the word about how great your vendors were on Facebook or Instagram as well. Instagram is a major way that couples find their wedding photographers, so posting your photos with popular hashtags (#NovaScotiaWedding, for example) can help brides pair up with their dream photographer.
4. Send them photos from the day
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so make sure to send your vendors a snapshot of their work on display at your wedding. For instance, have your photographer take a few great shots of your wedding cake and ask for permission to give it to your cake baker. Then, they can add it to their portfolio—it’ll look much better at the wedding than it did in their shop and can help them show their best work to potential new clients. Same goes for the invitation suite to the floral headpiece you ordered. Sending them a professional photo of their work will let them see how they contributed to your wedding festivities (they may never see the big picture otherwise), and will help them build their portfolio. They’ll be so thankful that they can show off their great work to future clients.
5. Get your wedding featured on a blog
Your vendors worked their butts off to help you pull off the wedding of your dreams. So spread the word to all future engaged couples. With your photographers permission, submit your professional photos to a wedding blog (Ahem…like carats & confetti!) and make sure all of your vendors, from the Etsy designer who made your floral headpiece to the seamstress who made sure your dress fit perfectly, are credited in the post. Other engaged couples will be able to see the vendor’s work, fall in love with it, and then know exactly how to get in touch with them.
6. Give them return business
There’s no better way to show how grateful you are than by becoming a repeat customer after your wedding. Order flowers for Mother’s Day from your florist. Ask your photographer to take your family photo. Your vendors will be flattered by (and appreciative of) your loyalty!
7. Send a handwritten thank-you note
For those vendors that went above and beyond consider a written handwritten thank-you note. On one of the most important day of your life, the little things-like a florist who fixes your bouquet last minute-make a huge difference. Show them your appreciation with a heartfelt card within 3-4 weeks after your wedding.
Well, there you have it. 7 easy and heartfelt ways to thank your wedding vendors. Now it’s your turn friend. How will you show appreciation for those rockstar vendors of yours? Add to the conversation below in the comments!
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