What to Tip the Pastor for a Wedding


There are many budget concerns during the wedding planning, and tipping may add unforeseen expenses to the wedding day. Wedding officiants often have fees they present to the bridal couple when planning a wedding; a tip goes above and beyond the official fees incurred.

Why Tip

  • Tipping is a tangible way of showing someone how much you appreciate their service. During a wedding, there are many different vendors that can and should be tipped. Tipping a member of the clergy is an optional act. Pastors do not expect a tip, although it is greatly appreciated and often suggested that a donation be made to the church.

Amount to Tip

  • A tip to a traditional vendor, such as a caterer or florist, is between 10 and 20 percent of the cost of the service. It is traditional to tip no less than $75 to a member of the clergy. If the pastor is traveling a long distance to officiate your wedding, pay for travel and accommodation expenses.

When to Tip

  • Tipping occurs after the ceremony has ended. If the pastor is going to the reception, pass the tip during or after the reception. Do not assume the clergy is going to the reception, however. Be sure to give the tip before the officiant leaves.

Who Should Tip

  • Traditionally, the best man offers the tip the pastor. He does not pay it out of pocket, however. Before the wedding, hand him the amount you wish to tip. If you would rather not use the best man to do this job, give the money to someone else you trust. The maid of honor, uncle of the bride or a close friend can pass the tip to the pastor.

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