Post # 1
I decided to hire a wedding planner and throughout the process I have really regretted it. But now that I am stuck in a contract there is not much I can do. She gave us a contract that we signed with the budget that we had in mind. and she has gone $5,000 over budget. She said that she would never show us anything not in our budget and we would definately stay within the number that we originally planned. Now she wants to cut a whole bunch of things that she showed us and confirmed for us and included in the contract…linens, rentals etc. and she is now making up excuses as to why she was so overbudget.
THE REASON i hired a wedding planner is so that we could STAY within our budget…and she has done the exact opposite. Whats the next step here? Im not sure what to do…I am SOO angry….
Post # 3
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
I think you should fire her and cancel the items that put you over-budget.
Post # 5
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
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 # 7
@AmeliaBedelia: YES. all of the items that are over budget are directly stated in our original contract. Im thinking of going to the Better Business Bureaou about all of this…
@babylou: In the contract there is a clause about firing her…I will have to see what the penalty will be…it might be MORE than how much we are going over budget…this is a nightmare…all of our vendors are working with her too…so i just dont know what to do!
Our wedding is 2 months away 🙁
Post # 8
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
@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
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 # 11
@noritake22: I just read over the contract and I think that I can get her for breach of contract. I WANT my vendors though…i just dont want HER.
@Miss Fish:I thnk that telling her to fix it would be the best idea…but now we are going to have to make cuts to things that we thought we already had…its just really disheartening. We are getting “custom linens” that are apparently included in our budget she pushed the idea of custom linens…and now apparently they arent in our budget anymore. its just so wrong…
Post # 12
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
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
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
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.
Post # 16
@ohheavenlyday: yep…she gets a percentage…so that is even more infuriating because thats exactly what it looks like she is doing…
@katieebee: i will definately tell her all of this…even though we STRESSED SO MUCH how staying within our budget was important to us.
@mrsmdphd: the contract says “agrees to reasonably abide by and stay within the parameters of the clients’ proposed budget”
There was an estimate that include the pricing for each vendor…ie…on the band/dj you can only spend x amount. and with all the vendors we stayed within budget…the problem came with her “rental and decor” estimates…they did state a solid number in the contract…and she went 5K over that number.
But at the same time she is making it seem like its our fault for choosing certain chair/linens…even though she is the one who gave us the options to do so. we specifically told her NOT TO SHOW US ANYTHING ABOVE our budget…