So there are several types of wedding planners: those who do just your last minute details, month of coordination, and day of service, and those who do it all from start to finish. I would recommend starting with that day-of coordinator and working up from there. Just like when you think about tipping in your regular life, think about how much work that person has done for you over the life of the service. With a restaurant server, it's an hour or two. With your wedding planner, it could be a hundred hours or more! Consider that when you tip. A very nice tip for your planner is related to your overall budget. Tip them based on how much work it was to put together your event.
The bigger budget events are more work than the smaller budget events (typically!), so it is scalable. An average wedding in Denver with a wedding planner is spending about $40,000 on the wedding, and around $5,000 on the full-service wedding planner. $500 as a tip is a nice tip for that planner. That person has spent between 50 and 100 hours on your day. They have likely spent hours in the car, miles driving around the city collecting stuff and meeting with people. They have worked their butts off for you. They deserve it. This person is the most involved person in your day. Another option for a wedding planner is a nice gift. I have often seen people get a nice basket for the ir planner, say a nice hotel room, a restaurant gift certificate, wine and cheese, and tickets to a show. Something valued at what a tip would have been, but personalized to your planner. You typically get to know your planner pretty well over the course of the event, and can often build a more personalized gift for them with a little thought.
Wedding Coordinator, or Day of Coordinator
Here is an article on day-of coordination and what a coordinator actually does. Your day of coordinator typically makes $1000-1500. They, of course, work for many hours outside of your day. They build timelines, manage rehearsals and walk throughs, handle your vendor coordination to make sure everyone knows where to be wherever they are supposed to be, etc. Keeping with that 10% model from above, they would receive $100-150. That is a very reasonable tip for that coordinator. If they went above and beyond for service, and your day wouldn't have been possible without them? Maybe consider that when you tip.
About the Author...
Lilli Black is the owner of Bella Calla, a full-service high-end florist in Denver Colorado. She has been in the design industry for 15 years, and was raised around plants, flowers, and art. Bella Calla has allowed her love of all things growing, and her love of all things lovely to come together. 303.995.2867