To tip, or not to tip? Everything you need to know about gratuity etiquette


Is it mandatory?

Before I get started, we first need to discuss whether or not tipping is mandatory. The answer is no. However, in some cases it might be expected, and a lack of might infer that the service done was not up to your expectation. Like many other vendors, here at Clementine, gratuity is not included in the rental charges, and is not required. Although, if you feel that your booth attendant exceeded expectations and earned a tip, it is always greatly appreciated.

When should you tip?

We all know that on the day of your event it’s important for things to run smoothly, and that can bring a large amount of stress. As vendors start to setup, and then your guests start to arrive, tipping is the last worry on your plate. With that being said, typically, the best time to tip the vendor is right after they have finished supplying their service (once contracted time is up). If you’re worried about forgetting, or can’t necessarily take care of it afterwards, there is noting wrong with giving it to them before hand.

Why should you tip?

This one is a little more straight-forward… If you feel that your vendor did a good job, a tip is a great way to say “thank you” or “hey you did an outstanding job”.

How to tip your vendor

When it comes to tipping your vendors, do some work and research before hand. If you’re not quite sure on the standard tipping percent, check out The Knot’s Tipping Cheat Sheet! We also recommend taking some time before your event to sort vendor tips into small envelopes with their names/roles on the front. This will surely make your night easier as the event dwindles down.


Be sure to check ALL agreements to see if gratuity has already been included in contracted price. If so, a tip is NOT necessary.

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Michael Smith