Post # 1
I live in SF but am getting married in LA. We hired a full service wedding planner for our 5/27/12 wedding in August but she really hasn’t done much and it feels like we’re the ones running around meeting with all vendors, negotiating, etc. She was supposed to plan it all, but she only refers us and doesn’t give us actual quotes for what we are looking for. We are less than 4 months from our wedding date and have not signed w a caterer, dj or photographer. We literally only have our venue and wedding planner (and my dress). Furthermore, we thought having a planner would enable us to get discounts from vendors she recommends but when I asked most recently about pricing for a photographer she knows she just told me to look on their website.
We’re just about ready to fire her but wanted to check with you ladies to see who you have hired, if it’s for full service (we are also open to day of/month of). She is literally increasing our stress instead of decreasing it. Have any of you experienced bad wedding planners who just aren’t doing the work? What did you do? Do you have a good wedding planner you can recommend for LA?
Btw, I’m getting married at the Natural History Museum so we have to bring in all our vendors ourself… it’s not like a hotel where half the work is already done. Please help!
Post # 3
I am sorry you are having so much trouble and feeling frustrated. We had an awesome wedding planner and I can tell you that she referred us to her preferred vendors but we had to go meetvwith vendors and get quotes directly from them and although some would do “extra” things forbus #s her client but it wasn’t huge deals. Have you already paid her?
Post # 4
Sorry your wedding planner is dropping the ball! Our wedding planner was absolutely amazing. We originally were going to get married in LA but a few months into planning changed everything to Dallas. I liked her so much we kept her and she did a wonderful job even though she didn’t have a lot of connections in Texas. She still did her research and talked with the connections she did have and found some good vendors there. She knows a ton of vendors in LA and I can’t recommend her enough. She does full service, month-of, and everything in between.
Her name is Alexandra Rembac-Goldberg and her website is http://www.sterlingengagements.com/
If you want to know more feel free to ask. Good luck with everything whether you decide to go with someone new or stick with your current planner.
Post # 5
Have you discussed your concerns with the planner?
“… she really hasn’t done much and it feels like we’re the ones running around meeting with all vendors, negotiating, etc. She was supposed to plan it all…”
Sounds like there is some miscommunication about what exactly her responsibilities are. Are they outlined in a contract if you have one? Let her know that you had some expectations of her and are disappointed about the lack of progress.
Post # 6
Did you sign a contract with her? What’s the cancellation clause? I would read over that before bringing it up with her.
I don’t have a coordinator but my general understanding of them is that they’re supposed to make it easier for you, not stress you out. If she isn’t helping like you wanted, kick her to the curb.
Post # 7
We had a similar situation, but with a DOC. After booking her, we slowly realized through our initial conversations that she wasn’t going to handle the things I expected from a DOC. We eventually booked our current DOC who is already handling so much more than I could ever expect for a DOC. She is the quickest to respond of all the DOC’s I contacted in my search and has told me so many ideas for how she will not only take care of the details of the day, but manage the “flow” of the reception. Something I never thought of.
Shoot her an email: Sarah @ http://planningforevermemories.com/
Post # 8
I am using Amazing Arrangements. www.amazingarrangements.com They are handling everything and even planning my honeymoon at no extra cost. I have heard so many horrow stories, but they have been more than helpful and affordable. Good Luck!