The do's and don'ts of tipping photographers is a topic that can be hard to cover. There are so many different photographers with all sorts of pricing structures, which makes it easy to feel overwhelmed by the subject. The good news is that there are some do's and don'ts that will help you out if you're not sure how much (or what kind) to tip your photographer! 



How Much Should You Tip Your Photographer?

The answer to this question depends on how happy you are with your work. A good rule of thumb is to give around 15%-20% of the total price of the package. 

When to Tip Your Wedding Photographer?

If you hire a professional, contracted photographer for your wedding, they will likely not expect or ask for tips. However, if you do want to reward them in some way, here are some ways that could be done: 

Other Ways to Show Appreciation Without Tipping: 

If you do not want or need to give additional compensation (and that's OK!), here are some other ways you can show your appreciation: 

The Knot's Advice on Tipping Wedding Photographers

If you do decide to give a gratuity to your wedding photographer, The Knot recommends giving it in cash so that they can immediately put it to good use. They also advise tipping 15%-20% of the total cost of the photography package, regardless of whether you're happy with the results or not. 

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns about tipping your photographer (or any other wedding vendor for that matter), be sure to speak with your planner! They will likely have some great advice and can help to make sure everyone involved in your big day is taken care of.

What to Do if You're Unhappy With Your Wedding Photos?

If you're unhappy with the results of your wedding photography, speak with your photographer as soon as possible. They may be able to offer a revision or retake the session at a discounted rate. If that's not possible or doesn't meet your expectations, ask for a refund. It's always best to address any issues before the wedding day itself, as it's unlikely they'll do much (if anything) to help you after your big day.

Why is Tipping Important?

Tipping is an important part of the service industry, and it's something that should not be taken lightly - especially when it comes to those who helped make your wedding day unforgettable. Tipping your wedding photographer is a great way to show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication. It's also a tangible way of saying "thank you" for a job well done.

When NOT to Tip Your Wedding Photographer

There may be a few circumstances in which you do not feel the need to give a gratuity to your wedding photographer. Here are a few examples: 

Best practices for tipping your wedding photographer

If you do decide that it's necessary to tip your wedding photographer, there are some best practices when doing so: