Happy Tuesday, beauties! You know, it’s one thing to make sure your wedding guests are taken care of at your wedding, but that group of people behind the scenes who help make your big day possible are equally as important. Below are some of the tips I’ve compiled from my experiences at weddings and through listening to other established wedding professionals, that are sure to leave your wedding vendors feeling all warm and fuzzy inside throughout and long after your wedding day. Read on!

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{Save a Meal} There’s nothing worse than having a vendor approach you on your wedding day only to ask you where they should sit; or even worse, if there will be a meal for them. Not sure who you should be feeding? The general rule of thumb is to provide meals for your photographers, videographers, wedding planner/coordinator, minister/officiant and musicians/DJ (basically anyone who would otherwise be standing around during dinner). If your venue does not ask how many vendors need to be fed then it’s a good idea to bring this up yourself ahead of time, typically during your final catering consult. Most venues will place an extra table in the room for vendors to eat at but if your minister is staying for dinner it’s a sign if respect to sit him in with the rest of the guests rather than with the other vendors (don’t forget to add him or her to the seating chart too!)

{Share the Details} Imagine as a bride planning a last minute surprise fireworks show for all your guests at the end of the night but failing to let your coordinator (or even your photographer) know. When it comes time to start the show, the logistical craziness that would ensue is enough to make any wedding planner break out into hives. Planners are hired to plan (duh), organize and keep the flow of your day. Photographers are hired to capture everything, to preserve memories, to work closely with the coordinator to make sure nothing is missed. Keeping these two vendors informed of small details, last minute changes and your wants and expectations is a sure fire way to make sure your event runs as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. And your guaranteed your photog will capture your guests’ priceless expressions as that first firework bursts into the evening sky.

{Spread the Love} I always forward my clients, about a month before their wedding, a brief outline on what the etiquette is for giving your vendors tips. While the bride and groom most definitely steal the show at a wedding, it’s the hard working vendors behind the scenes that help keep all the different parts together; rewarding them with a small note of thanks and a tip for their services is certainly not mandatory but most definately appreciated. I tell my clients to decide how much they think each vendor deserves, to address an envelope to each said vendor and enclose the payment in the sealed envelope. I then get the envelopes from my clients during the rehearsal dinner or on the morning of the big day and make sure to deliver to each applicable vendor. Here’s my fave tipping cheat sheet from The Knot that outlines standard protocol for giving thanks to your vendors.

Wedding pros, what am I forgetting? Brides to be or former brides, anything to add? Photo via Julie Harmsen Photography.