The bartender at your wedding isn't at the center of attention during the reception, but his ability to serve drinks and exchange friendly banter with your guests helps them enjoy their evening. Although many of your guests will tip the bartender throughout the evening, it's your job to leave a tip toward the end of the night to show your appreciation.
It's appropriate to tip the bartender at your wedding reception between $20 and $25, as of 2012. When budgeting for the tips to hand out on your wedding day, check with the catering company or venue to determine how many bartenders will be on duty. In the case of large weddings, you might have multiple bartenders and should prepare your tip budget accordingly.
Check the catering or venue contract to determine if your fee includes gratuities for the serving staff. If not, tipping is definitely proper etiquette. Even if your fee includes gratuities, it's still appropriate to tip if you feel the bartender's service is exemplary. ) Examples of this type of service include quick, attentive care, remembering the wedding party's preferred drink choices and, in general, being friendly and conversational with your guests.
Recruit Your Best Man
Cash is the simplest way to give a tip to your bartender. Before your wedding day, arrange the tips you expect to give and place each in a sealed envelope marked with the position or name or the person you wish to tip. If you're the bride or groom, handing out the tips shouldn't be your responsibility. A standard approach is to give all the tip envelopes to the best man, who can distribute them throughout the evening. Tip the bartender toward the end of the reception, but don't leave it late enough that you can't track her down. (See Reference 2)
Visiting the bartender toward the end of the evening and expressing your thanks is proper etiquette, especially if you've witnessed or heard about positive interactions with this staff member. Another approach is to write a note of thanks to the caterer or venue manager in the weeks after your wedding, and note the bartender by name and express your appreciation for how he helped make the reception special.
- Photo Credit 4774344sean/iStock/Getty Images
Who Pays for the Open Bar at a Wedding Reception?
Traditions surrounding a wedding include those of who pays for each element of the event, including the open bar. Although there are...
How to Tip Wedding Vendors
To tip or not to tip, that is the question. The answer depends largely on the quality of service rendered on this...
How to Start a Bartending Business
Have skills behind a bar? Then why not start a freelance bartending business? Starting a bartending business is an easy way to...
How to Become a Wedding Bartender
Besides the dress and the cake, another essential element to a wedding is good drinks. Most weddings include an open bar for...
How to Bartend a Wedding
Offer an open bar at your wedding to provide the best possible hospitality for your guests. To save on costs, enlist a...