(Closed) My wedding planner went WAAAAAY over budget…what do I do??!?!?

posted 7 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh my, I would be LIVID. Is there anything in the contract directly stating the ideal budget? That is highly unprofessional of her. Is she independent or part of a company?

Post # 4
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907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think you should fire her and cancel the items that put you over-budget.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Isn’t she required to have you sign off on any purchases prior to making them? Is the SPECIFIC amount for the budget somewhere in the contract? Always get it in writing, because this is what happens, people take advantage. 

If you fire her now, how much are you out? You might be able to let her go with no financial consequences if you can prove breach of contract (her going way over budget without consulting you).

Post # 6
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46137 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Look up consumer protection legislation in your state. It works both ways. If your contract specifies that she will provide certain services for an agreed upon price, then she is responsible to do that. To hold her accountable though, it needs to be clearly spelled out in the contract.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If your budget is listed in the contract, she obviously breeched it. Tell her to fix it and make it work within the budget. Just as the contract is legally binding for you, it works the same for her. That’s what she agreed to. And it could easily be a lawsuit if she doesn’t work something out.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Ms.Teddy: I would. But I’d probably do it after the wedding, to be honest. If you fire her, are you going to have to start from scratch?? I would just go in and tell her that you are not happy with X and this needs to be cut, etc. Be firm.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Check your contract with her. If your budget is part of the contract, her putting you over budget would be a breach of contract, and you should be able to get all of your money back from her that you paid to her. Then go over all of the vendors contracts that she signed you up with. If you haven’t signed their contracts, you won’t be held liable for payment to them, but if you did sign contracts with them, you will unfortunately be held liable. Make sure to also check their cancellation policies. You don’t want to be out even more money for cancelling.

I don’t know if you have your own budget worksheet or not, but I have been using one on projectwedding.com to keep track of everything. Go to that one and plug everything in and see what you can cut. You can change the amounts and include your deposits and it will do the calculations for you and you can add and delete items as needed.

I am so sorry this has happened to you. Planners are not supposed to go over your budget. If you can get out of your contract with this planner, I suggest just getting a day of coordinator and you can take care of the rest.

Post # 12
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46137 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If your contract with her says she will provide certain services and products from specified vendors for a certain cost to you, , then she is responsible to do that even if she takes a loss herself.

Definitley contact the BBB first thing tomorrow and The Consumer Protection department of your state’s Attorney General’s Department.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

That is TERRIBLE! Is she one of the planners who makes a total percentage of the wedding budget? That might explain why she went over, to jack up the total budget and her commission. I know it sucks because even if you can get out of having the things she okay’ed that were over the budget, those are things you were counting on having because you thought they were in the budget and now you might not get to have them. 🙁 

What a bummer. How can someone be so careless with other people’s money?

Post # 14
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780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

To me, the entire point of a wedding planner is to get you want you wanted on budget, on time, and without stress.  I would explain to her how much budget was IMPORTANT to me and FI and how our reasoning for hiring her to begain with is so that we could get the most for our money thru her expertise, creativity, and connections (words that soften the blow).  But it’s as simple as that.  No one in their right mind would have a hard time understanding that….

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Did she tell you amounts of things before you signed off them?  As in, “Do you want this custom linen set?  It will be $X.”  “Do you want this DJ, they cost $X.”  

And, also, does your contract state that she will stay inside your stated budget?  Or does it simply say what your ideal budget is?  Those are two very different things.

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