At the end of your wedding day, it’s time to extend your gratitude to all the people–vendors, entourage members, and guests–for their hard work and moral support throughout your entire wedding journey. In Hong Kong weddings, it’s customary to give out tip enclosed in a laisee to all parties who helped make the wedding possible. But how much, you may ask? Today we’ve listed down the details of about how much tip you should be giving. Note though that this serves as a basic guide. Couples may always choose to give more, especially if they feel like a vendor has really extended extra help or assistance, over and beyond his or her required services. So let’s get to it right now. Have your laisees at hand and take note of how much you tip you should prepare for your bridal party and groomsmen, your guests, and each kind of wedding vendor.
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- For Guests
Upon sending out the formal invitations, it’s been part of family Chinese tradition to give tip or a thank you token in advance to guests for taking out time to come to the wedding. Wedding invitations usually come with a cake voucher of HK$50, and a laisee that comes with HK$10-20 for bride’s side of the family and the bride’s guests. For the groom’s side of the family and guests, only a laisee is required.
- For The Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
Each member of the bridal party and each groomsman usually gets a laisee worth HK$500-1,000. This amount varies on other factors like if you will choose to shoulder their makeup or not. During the door games, the groom and his groomsmen will usually give the the bridesmaids a laisee with either HK$3,880, HK$8,880, or HK$9,999.
- For The Chinese Wedding Master
Not all couples seek the services of a Chinese wedding master for their wedding, but in case you do, his laisee tip commonly amounts to HK$100-500.
- For The Emcee
You’ll want to give a little something to your host, whose witty comments and unearthing of trivia about you and your husband fully entertained the guests. A laisee with about HK$100-500 is given, but feel free to add if he or she really took the audience away.
- For Decoration and Styling Vendors, Waiters, Driver, and Venue Vendors
You can hand your decoration stylists, driver, and venue or food vendors, a laisee with HK$10-20 as a token of thanks as this is the norm. But if your venue is a hotel, the hotel or venue manager should be given a more generous amount, ranging from HK$20-100.
- For the Home Security Guard
The home security guard, whose role is vital as he takes care of the security of your and your husband’s home, usually is given a laisee with HK$10-20 for the trouble or extra assistance while bringing in large groups of people into your apartments for the Chinese pre-wedding activities.
- For The Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist
Your makeup artist and hair stylist are important vendors responsible for your radiant bridal look, so a generous token of thanks will be very much appropriate, especially if you know you looked extra stunning. It’s customary to give your beauty stylist a laisee with a tip amounting to HK$100-500 for a job well done on your wedding day.
- For Your Photographer and Videographer
Of course, we can’t miss out on your photo and video team. Handing them a laisee with HK$100-500 will let them know that you’re very grateful for documenting your wedding and immortalizing them into keepsakes that you can always look back to.