will a wedding planner take me to venues for free?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We didn’t have to pay to see any venue.  We made appointments and each gave us a great packet of information and gave us a full tour.  Some even did second tours at no charge for my parents.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Most venues will let you visit for free. If you’re working with a planner who isn’t associated with any specific venue, they each have their own terms, but few if any will actually start lining up venue visits without a contract and at least some form of payment or arrangement to pay.

 

Post # 5
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441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think it should be free, but check with your planner specifically.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@fishbone:  +1

I feel like only “hungry” wedding planners will show you around for free.  Most are going to want some kind of arrangement to show you venues.

My wedding planner, before I hired her full time, assisted me with a venue search (didn’t take me around but provided names and was going to do the negotiating) for a few hundred bucks.  Then I hired her full time because I liked her and she did a great job. 

Maybe if a planner is just starting out and really needs the business she will do it.

ETA: The few hundred ended up being part of the full service package, I didn’t have to pay in addition…so it was taken off of the deposit amount.

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