Post # 1
I spoke with our wedding planner last night for our destination wedding. I did my research (before we hired the planner) and selected our own photographer and have contacted them on our own. She is including the cost of the photographer in her total, even though she said she will not be responsible for the photographer since we contracted them ourselves.
So im just not sure if its standard for her to include the photographer in the total cost of the wedding (she gets paid 20% of the total) if she isn’t going to be responsible for them. Does anyone have any idea?
Post # 3
It really depends on the wording of the contract. If it says that she gets paid 20% the cost of the wedding then yes you include the photographer. If, on the other hand, it say something to the effect of “20% of vendors, services, goods acquired by said planner.” then no since you acquired the photographer on your own.
Post # 4
It kind of depends. She will be dealing with the photographer from here on out and she will be ‘coordinating’ him/her on the wedding day. But she also didn’t help you with that vendor search. What kind of contract do you have with her?
edit: i just re-read your post that she said she won’t be responsible for the photographer. I think you need to clarify with her what she means. Like if the pics aren’t good she won’t be responsible if you’re unhappy?, or if he doesn’t show up she won’t even call to see where he is, i.e. she won’t be responsible for coordinating with them at all? If its the second, she should not be including him in her total.
Post # 5
i really think that anything that you have done on your own and signed into contract BEFORE signing with her should not be included in her 20pecent. Now that being said you should double check. If you have a lot of the major things set already, I would look for a planner who will let you customize a package deal based upon what is left to be done.
Post # 6
If she isn’t responsible for the photographer then she shouldn’t be including his fee in her total. I would talk to her and ask why, if she isn’t responsible for him, is he included in her bill. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but if someone did that to me I would think they are just trying to get more money. I would look over your contract and read all the fine print to make sure everything that she does and doesn’t do is written down so you know exactly what she does and doesn’t do.