I know this is an awkward question to pose to your photographer but I know it is on many a bride’s mind when it comes to tipping their vendors. I’m not sure if there is any specific custom for this, and according to an article I read on the Knot, unless it is specified in a contract, you are by no means obligated to tip.
I personally do not expect to be tipped but have been very flattered and ecstatic when a client thinks enough of the services I provided to want to give me one. Thank you notes or just simply telling me you appreciated the job I did for you is certainly thanks enough but I will graciously accept a gratuity if you would like to include me in your vendors that you do tip on your wedding day.
As for guidelines as to what to tip a photographer if you do decide you want to, the Knot states anywhere from $50-200 is the standard. I’ve also been tipped in gift cards, anything from a massage to a restaurant, which is also very thoughtful.
If you would like to read some further advice on tipping your vendors, check out the Knot’s article here.