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Happy Birthday America!!!

July 3, 2017
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4th 1Whether it’s lounging by the pool, splashing in the waves at the beach, a back yard cook out or an epic firework celebration the 4th of July is THE event of the summer!! Here are a few of the hottest and funnest looks for you to try our over the the holiday while celebrating in style.

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Make sure to swipe on bright popping red lipstick for a truly explosive smile.

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The brighter the better. Cherry looks great on just about every single skin tone and has the added bonus of making your teeth super white too!!

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HAIR

There is not much thats more iconic to American Patriotism than the Classic beloved  pin-up. And what’s a pin up with out her bandana?!

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Bandanas and scarfs are a great option for summer hair not only because they are absolutely adorable, but also for the practicality- get that hot heavy hair off the back of your neck and pulled off of your face. So grab a red, white or blue bandana and check out these tutorials before you head out to the pool or bbq!

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Swim Suites

This may be the Native Floridian/ born-beach-worshiper in me, but I don’t think you even need a good reason to pick up another swim suit and when it come to ones sporting a TEAM America theme there are most as many options as there are different body types.

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2 Piece Bathing Suit on Amazon

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Blue Red Patriotic  1-piece on AMI Clubwear

I think this ones retro vibe would be PERFECT with a bandana!!

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Lace Up Patriotic Halter on Gamiss

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Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Fourth of July Celebration!!!

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Celebrity Weddings We Are In Love With!

June 20, 2017
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Now that we are in the absolutely gallows of the summer heat and the lovely dewey mornings and mild evenings of spring are just a distant memory, photos of celebrity weddings that took place over the past few months are starting to trickle out. Below are a few of our favorite  celebrities who got married in Spring 2017.

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This past March Orange Is the New Black actress Samira Wiley married one of the shows Lauren Morelli in an edgy modern ceremony in Palm Springs. Samira wore an elegant off the shoulder dress and Lauren wore a modern pants suit one piece, both designed by Christian Siriano.

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Carly Waddell and Evan Bass from Season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise tied the knot this past spring in a colorful intimate ceremony in front of family and friends in Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The bride, Carly looked absolutely stunning with a loose side braid for her wedding day hair  and a vintage inspired grey dress.

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As if the elegant florals and lavish decor, as well as the stunning designer dresses and completely star studded guest lists weren’t enough to swoon at while pouring over celebrities weddings, the locations of these festivities are enough to make your heart jump!! The incredibly talented, Oscar winner Jessica Chastain, married her long time boyfriend, Italian investment banker Gian Luca Passi De Preposulo, at his family estate -Villa Tiepolo Passi, which is about an hour north of Venice.

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One of my favorite actresses, Emmy Rossum from one of my favorite shows, Shameless, married her sweetie in a gorgeous traditional Jewish ceremony over Memorial Day weekend. While Emmy plays a gritty, hard hitting and no-holds-barred Fiona Gallagher on the show, a truly soft and loving image was portrayed at the wedding. There were hundreds and hundreds of bursting white roses, gardenias and lilies adorning the temple- it just added to the elegance of the event.

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The lovely ceremony was attended by the bride and grooms big families as well the cast of the show (all the Gallaghers at a wedding!? Now THAT is a party!!) and the whole lot headed over to the Guggenheim for a rocking reception with a life band, a DJ, food trucks and of course…photo booth!!

 

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We are total suckers for any thing royal here, so when it was announced last fall the The Duchess of Cambridge’s (formally know as Kate Middleton) little sister (more famously know as Pippa Middleton) was getting married the squeals of excitement were uncontainable!!! It was so exciting to hear of little details and did bits as they trickled out during the planning, but it was almost impossible to contain the enthusiasm when the actual wedding happened.

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Set in the English country side….CHECK!!

Saying “I Do” under the eves of a historic gothic cathedral……CHECK!!

Princess Charlotte as a bridesmaid and Prince George as a ring bearer…..CHECK!!

AND…..ATTENDED BY THE QUEEN HER SELF?!?!?!?! CHECK and CHECK!!

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The Beauty Is In The Simplicity

June 13, 2017
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“Color is everything, black and white is more.” – Dominic Rouse

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Black and white pictures are a complex creature- there is classic and simple elegance to them- something that hints at a time gone by when full color images were not available. Yet there is also a complex and mysterious aspect there as well- what are we missing when we don’t see the colors present in that fleeting moment? What is left for us to discover for our selves?

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The brides last moments of quiet and calm before the excitement of the wedding are captured in this sweet image.

 

This week we share some of the most eye catching and show stopping images from our past clients, taken by the incredibly talented collection of wedding photographers that we are lucky enough to work with here in the Las Vegas wedding community.

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The contrast of lighting and shadows gives a sultry refinement to this sultry engagement shoot.

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The elegance and intimacy of the wedding rings is the focal point in this simple yet stunning photo.

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By using just black and white for this photo, this brides bursting smile and excitement are the focus of this image.

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You can feel the love, support and encouragement that surrounds this beautiful bride as her bridesmaids offer the final touches before she heads down the aisle.

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The brides sweet smile and the newly married couples tender embrace is what the eye is drawn too in this shot taken right after the ceremony.

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The absence of color in this image transforms the brides hotel room into a luxurious and stylish boudoir suite.

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Twinkling lights and a lush hanging trees are transformed into something absolutely magical in this private garden setting.

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Mackenzie and John: A Real Wedding

May 30, 2017
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It is almost every day that I’m reminded that I have the best job in the world and that I’m lucky enough to work with some of the most talented people in the Las Vegas valley and the wedding industry on a daily basis.

This weekend, the absolutely charming Miss Jessie, from The Emerics photography sent me these lovely photos that she captured of our gorgeous bride Mackenzie and her new hubby John at their breath taking wedding at Springs Preserve.MackenzieJohnWed_photosbyTheEmerics-005

Mackenzie choose a muted earth tone for her brides maids to wear for the event. The subtle color choice allowed for natural beauty of the location to really take center stage.

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Mackenzies elegant dress hangs in the dressing suite at Springs Preserve.

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In almost every photo of sweet Mackenzie on that day she looks like she is just bursting with love and laughter- that’s what EVERY bride should feel like on her day!!

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By using wands and streamers the couple encouraged their guests to participate in a bit of fun and whimsy to their event.

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Springs Preserve provides such a breath taking back drop to capture some truly tender moments of the new husband and wife.

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Both John and Mackenzie mothers played a roll in their ceremony, as to be expected there was not dry eye in attendance.

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And another congratulations to Mackenzie and John, it was a beautiful wedding and we were absolutely touched to play a part in it.

Best wishes to the both of you for a happy and healthy future together!!!

 

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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful……..INCLUSIVE……CoverGirl

January 27, 2017
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Last year we were lucky enough to work with international cosmetic and beauty power house COVERGIRL for their national conference and product launch event. It was one of the highlights of our year and it got me looking a bit deeper into the company and their history.

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Any one who knows me, can totally attest- I jump at the opportunity to dive into an online research project!!

 

Look at this “lovely”, vintage 9 hour “eye polish” ad!?

 

 

 

 

Below is a collection of some of the fun vintage adds as well as some of the exciting new brand ambassadors the company has welcomed.

 

 

Something that really stood out to me while I was reading up on COVERGIRL was its long standing practice of diversity and inclusion.  For decades they have celebrated beauty in all its shapes, shades and colors.

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The brand broke ground and shook the foundation (hehe makeup pun totally intended) of the cosmetic industry in late 2016 by announcing that makeup artist James Charles would be the companies first male spokes model.

 

 

 

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Another big win for inclusion in the industry was when the company also brought on Muslim beauty blogger Nura Afia to the team.

 

Another celebration and example that extraordinary beauty is found all across the globe.

 

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Tattoo’s on Her Arm and Love in Her Heart- Tattooed Brides

January 20, 2017
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Sometimes when i should be working on the mountains of paper work that surround my desk, or I get on the internet to check an address of an appointment…….it happens!!! I get completely sucked into the never ending labyrinth that is the internet.

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Most recently, I’ve stumbled across some INCREDIBLY beautiful images of brides dawning equally as beautiful art on their bodies.

 

 

Take a look at some of the ones that really caught our eye.
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From the bold makeup to the cheery orange hair this couple has us swooning over their beautiful joyful celebration.

 

 

 

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Again with a beautiful bold red lip!!! I am such a sucker for a bride brave enough to wear a colorful dress!!! This stunners ink grabbed my attention but this stunning pink gown is princess perfect.

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This incredible moment right after their love is made official is almost enough to make you cry.

With this delicate up-do hairstyle with woven ivy, this bride is really pulling at our hearts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Far more breath taking than this sun set shot is the over flowing joy and love flowing from these two. You can see the adventurous and exciting spirit they share.

More pictures of beautifully inked brides and their fun and funky styles can be found here or one of our new favorite blogs- Rock N Roll Bride.

 

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Till Death Do Us Part….An Ode to Spooky Celebrations

October 21, 2016
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This weekend is one of our absolute favorites of the year!! Not only are we in the absolute height of wedding season, but as the temperature is dropping and colors changing there is a noticeable eerie vibe in the air as Halloween approaches.

We just love when couples incorporate their passions into their weddings, and those with a love of all things ghoulish and spooky are some of the most entertaining. Here we’ve rounded up a few of the classy yet ghastly ways of weaving Halloween into your special day.

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These Ouija Board invited are so perfect for a Halloween wedding. They bring in the spooky element ahead of the wedding when guests receive the invite months ahead of time with out giving off the vibe of a school holiday carnival.

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What ever the theme or vibe of your wedding, Candy Bars have become a modern day staple to keep little ones entertained and to offer guests a sweet reminder they can take home after your special day. And this holiday celebrates candy almost as it does ghosts and goblins, offering another way to tie in the theme.

 

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Any time a “theme” is chosen for a wedding you run the risk of it turning out to be a……ya know……theme party. There is a chance that things can go over board and detract from the whole purpose of the event, the celebration of love.

These place settings are so incredibly elegant with their delicate white pumpkins, vintage crystal glasses and E.A. Poe inspired dishes- they combine the couples love of spooky and each other in the most wonderful way.

 

 

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This cake!!!!!! So many Halloween inspired cakes and pastries are a bit garish and gory, with red velvet cake peaking through, or the over done fake blood dribbled all over it. But this….this lovely is really spooktacular (I know….. corny…but I just had to).

 

 

 

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Of course, no collection of Halloween inspiration would be complete with out some beautiful sugar skulls!!!!

 

 

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A Real Wedding- Natalie and Mark!

September 30, 2016
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Natalie and Mark were married in a truly splendid event at the Mandarin Oriental, and their sweet four legged fur baby Miss Abby was prominently featured front and center with her happy parents.

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The ceremony and reception came together flawlessly with the guidance of the wedding coordinator genius that is Andrea Eppolito Events. No detail was left unattended, and from start to finish the guest, and most importantly the happy couple were completely at ease and in love!

 

 

 

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When ever a bride tells us that she is working with the team at Alt F Photographers, we do a bit of a happy dance here. We just KNOW that they are going to get some really exquisite images of their special day.

 

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Best wishes to Natalie and Mark!!

Wishing you the both a life time full of love, laughter and light!!

Wedding Planner: Andrea Eppolito
Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston
Hair and Makeup: Makeup in the 702
Venue: Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Floral and Decor: Naakiti Floral
Furniture Rentals: Sit on This, Inc.
Disc Jockey: Mike Fox
Video: Bryan Bratt

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7 Signs You’re at a Millennial Wedding

September 16, 2016
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(Article originally appeared here at Huffington Post by Stephanie Herbst)

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They don’t make weddings like they used to anymore. With a smartphone in everyone’s pocket and constant interaction with peers through social media, technology is changing almost every aspect of society. The Millennial generation (that’s people born between 1980 and 2000) are a generation that’s grown up with this technology, and embraces its presence in almost every aspect of their lives. More and more Millennials are on their way to the altar, and that means the weddings you’ll be attending now and for the next few years aren’t going to be your typical wedding soiree. How can you tell that you’re definitely at (or will be going to) a Millennial wedding? Here are seven surefire signs to look for:

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1. You heard about their engagement on Facebook, and saw their engagement photos in a Facebook album before receiving their Save the Date.

 

2. They didn’t build a wedding website using a site like TheKnot.com or mywedding.com — their custom wedding website was built by the best man (or some other close friend) who’s a professional software engineer that specializes in cutting-edge UI.

 

3. Their wedding invitation included one of the following:
– An infographic design of their love story
– A QR code
– A wedding hashtag

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4. Their wedding registry has items like a Nest Thermostat, a Lockitron, an iPad, or some other cutting-edge tech. O
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5. They’ve set up an app for their wedding. Or at least, they’re using their personal hashtag on Instagram to keep track of all their guests’ photos.

6. They didn’t have to decide between getting a DJ or a band — they just used Spotify and put together a playlist. Or, they hired that one friend that likes to pretend that he’s a DJ in his spare time.

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7. There’s DIY everywhere, because the bride decided to make a few of her favorite projects from her “Wedding Inspiration” Pinterest board. Which, by the way, she’s been adding Pins to since college.

 

 

 

Have you been to a Millennial wedding with these following attributes? How did it compare to a wedding you’ve been to with less of an emphasis on social media or tech?

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Your Wedding Vendor Tipping Cheat Sheet

September 2, 2016
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When you’re already dipping deep into your (or your parents’) savings for wedding expenses, allotting room in your budget for gratuities on top of that can be hard to handle. And even though service charges may be spelled out in your contract, tipping—although not mandatory—is always appreciated for a job well done, not to mention a kind and thoughtful gesture.

Since some vendors will expect a gratuity, and other gratuities will need to be considered on a case-by-case scenario, there are a few things to consider.

 Traditionally, business owners of larger companies don’t get tipped—just their employees—but you can and should tip an owner when the service exceeds expectations. Small business owners should never be overlooked either, since their businesses are often run by just one person.

Tip vendors who offer exceptional service, write thank-you notes (they’re always appreciated), and assign the responsibility to a trusted deputy such as your wedding planner, a parent or wedding party member. Here’s helpful a breakdown of what’s customary for each vendor.

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Wedding planners won’t likely expect anything, but if yours did a great job, you can always offer a token of appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner’s portfolio can go a long way too.) About 50 percent of couples do tip their planners—typically those with more opulent weddings.

Protocol:  Optional

The Standard:  10–20 percent, up to $500, or a nice gift

When to Tip: The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

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This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 to 25 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis, like one of your bridesmaids has a meltdown over her curls and it requires a redo at the last minute.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–25 percent, depending upon the quality of service

When to Tip: Tip your beauty stylists at the end of your service.

Wedding Delivery and Setup Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site such as the wedding cake, flowers or sound system. If a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs or porta-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: $5–$10 per person

When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

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If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member, you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. Tipping the officiant, both nondenominational and denominational, is also appreciated.

Protocol: Expected (depending on officiant)

The Standard: Donate $100–$500 to the church or synagogue, and for the officiant, an optional tip of $50-$100

When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

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worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don’t have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $15–$20 per musician

When to Tip: Ceremony musicians should receive a tip at the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer and Videographer

You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any money beyond their normal fees. But if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $50–$200 per vendor

When to Tip: Tip your photographer and videographer at the end of the reception.

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This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maître d’ and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200–$300 for the maître d’

When to Tip: If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maître d’ at the end of the reception, since you’ll need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Wedding Reception Attendants

When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom and coatroom attendants, the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.

Protocol: Optional, based on contract

The Standard: 10–20 percent of the liquor or food bill to be split among bartenders or waiters respectively, $1 per guest for coatroom, and $1 per car for parking attendants

When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, alternately, you could distribute them at the beginning of the evening to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

Whether you hire a 12-piece swing band or a single DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional, depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist. Don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them too.

Protocol: Optional, yet preferred

The Standard: $20–$25 per musician; $50–$150 for DJs

When to Tip: The best man should tip the musicians or DJ at the end of the reception.

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Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don’t get lost.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–20 percent of the total bill

When to Tip: Tip transportation pros at the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise this duty falls to the best man.

 

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