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How Much to Tip in Every Situation

The last thing you want to do is insult someone by leaving a cheap tip. It’s essential to know much of a tip you should leave before any situation (including weddings)

You’re probably well accustomed to tipping culture if you’re from the United States. However, there are various situations where you might not know how much of a tip you should leave. Take a wedding, for example. Do you know how much to tip the DJ, photographer, and videographer? Let’s take a look at the new tipping etiquette – how much of a tip should you leave?

How Much to Tip in Every Situation
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Whether you’re getting a trim or a manicure, you should tip between 20 – 25% at a salon. Don’t hesitate to tip more than 25% if you receive excellent service! Stylists and barbers work hard to make you look great, so they definitely deserve a generous tip.



Many people don’t think about tipping for funerals, but it’s undoubtedly part of the new tipping etiquette. Before leaving a tip at a funeral home or church, you should double-check and make sure they can accept tips. If you get the green light, you should consider tipping anywhere from $50 to $250, depending on the length and quality of the service. Unlike salons, you shouldn’t tip a percentage of the bill at a funeral.



The current federal minimum wage for tipped employees is only $2.13 per hour – make sure to remember that next time you go out to eat! Serving and bussing tables is a highly demanding job, and the restaurant staff depends on tips to make a living.

How Much to Tip in Every Situation

Although you should know how much to tip in every situation, tipping appropriately is especially critical in a restaurant environment. As a general rule of thumb, you should tip between 15 – 20% of the bill. Of course, you can tip a little more or less depending on the quality of the service. However, you don’t need to leave gratuity when purchasing something from a fast-food restaurant or picking up a to-go order.


Delivery Drivers

More people are using delivery services than ever before. Be it Uber Eats or Dominos, always be sure to leave your delivery driver a fair tip. While you don’t need to tip as much as you would at a sit-down restaurant, you should at least tip 10 – 15% of the bill. It’s also an excellent idea to live a little extra if the driver goes out of their way to make a speedy delivery.



Determining how much of a tip you should leave at a hotel depends on the type of accommodation. Generally, you should tip at least $3 daily for housekeeping at a standard hotel. If the hotel is on the posh side, it’s best to leave at least $10 to the staff who clean your room. If you’re staying at a five-star hotel, you’ll need to tip more often. For example, a hotel porter should receive a $2 tip per bag, and you should tip at least $3 for a towel delivery. And don’t forget to tip the doorman $5 –$10 when you leave!

How Much to Tip in Every Situation
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It takes a lot of people to put together a wedding, which means a lot of tipping! Depending on the service, you should tip each bartender and server at least $20 or more. Furthermore, a DJ, photographer, and videographer deserve anywhere from $50 – $150. However, you should read the contract to ensure it doesn’t specify the tip. Lastly, be sure to tip your wedding planner – they do a lot of work to bring the wedding to life! You should tip the wedding planner at least 20% of what they charge.


Are You Tipping Enough?

Remember, tipping is not “optional,” especially in the United States. Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the question, “how much of a tip should you leave?” Most service industry professionals will consider it rude if you don’t leave a tip. You don’t always have to tip the same percentage each time you receive a particular service. You can adjust a tip accordingly, but be sure to leave something respectable. On a final note, don’t freak out if you forget cash. Many workers accept tips through P2P platforms such as Venmo.


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