Post # 1
I interviewed a wedding planner and basically told her what concept I wanted for my wedding. I also told her because my wedding is over a year away and that I am very crafty that I wasn’t sure if I needed a wedding planner or a day of coordinator. She took my ideas any way and email me a quote of 11k for the total wedding with her being the wedding planner. Now, a lot of stuff that I told her that I could do myself she listed as part of the quote, I don’t know why. Now, I don’t have a problem with the 11k because that is way under budget my problem is when I asked how much her fee was she told me that it was added into the 11k and was less than 10%. She would not give me a dollar amount.
Now, I really think she is being shady because she has a coordinator package which starts at 1000.00 and basically she just reviews contracts and does a follow up and coordinate the day of. So how in the world is she telling me her fee is less than 1100.00, which would be the 10% 11k and she is planning the whole wedding but then she has a coordinator package for 1000.00
Post # 3
That is definitely unusual. I looked into a few who have planned wedding that wound up in Magazines and on blogs like Style Me Pretty (Lynn Easton, Jennifer Carroll, to start with). All disclosed their fees when I corresponded with or met them.
Post # 4
@Jeannine @ Small Chic:she has a lot of different packages listed on her wedsite and the starting cost of each package but when she sent me my quote and what all she would be doing but when I ask her what is her fee of the 11k all she would say is less than 10%.
my area is very inexpensive and before contacting her I price a lot of stuff my self and came in under 11k. I understand that this is her full time job and she has to make phone calls, drive to meetings all that stuff and I don’t mind paying her for her services but I just want to know how much I am paying. I really feel she is trying to get over and because of that I am not going to use her but just wanted to hear what other Bees thought about it
Post # 5
Is it possible she usess prefered vendors and has a kick back deal with some of them? I would just ask her straight what her fee is and tell her you are not comfortable with the fact that she will not disclose. I would imagine you would pay each vendor seperately and unless they are paying her, I can’t see how she would get paid. I’ve never worked with a wedding planner so I can’t comment if theis is normal or not but it is also a bit odd to me. If she came out and says that she charges 10% it would make me feel a lot better.
Post # 6
@slicey19:she told me she gets deals with certain vendors and i don’t have a problem with that…I just want to know is what exact dollar amount i am giving to her for her services. i understand a lot goes into wedding planning but she wouldn’t tell me exactly what i am paying her for the list of stuff that she is doing. and like I mentioned she has a coordinator package that starts at 1000 and that isn’t even doing half of what she said she is doing for me
Post # 7
@mrsjjohnson2b: I am a wedding coordinator myself and I always disclose my fees. I, however, charge a flat fee and not a percentage. I have basic packages but I edit that as need be for my brides and then determine a quote from there. I NEVER HAVE A BRIDE SIGN A CONTRACT WITHOUT THE TOTAL FEE LISTED AND THE SERVICES I WILL PROVIDE IN THE CONTRACT. That protects me and my bride. I don’t know if I would choose this coordinator or not. Honestly, the idea of possible kick-backs from vendors is a little unnerving as well. It’s one thing if she’s able to provide discounts for you but another all together if she’s taking kick-backs from them. I have a preferred vendor list just because I’ve worked with these people and I know they’re excellent but I also have a list of vendors at a variety of price points for brides to choose from and I receive ZERO DOLLARS for referring my brides to certain vendors. And also just a side note…. even if you are DIY’ing quite a bit $1100 to coordinate the whole things is not enough… something else that sounds fishy to me. Even when I started out I charged more than $1100 to coordinate the whole event. Good luck sweetheart and if you’ve got anymore questions feel free to ask me!
Post # 8
A wedding planner should definitely disclose their fees and I agree that 1100 is nowhere near enough for full coordination so I would watch out.
Post # 9
That is really, really odd. I would not book a coordiantor who did that.
Post # 10
she’s prolly taking mark up on each of the services plus a flat fee and won’t know until she negotiates how much “profit” she will make.
I see this at work (different industry) and it means they screw the subcontractors and nickle and dime them to death while taking a fat check for themselves. The incentive is on her to get the best deal for herself and vendors get treated very shitty under this deal. In my work, I see them use crappy, completely unqulified vendors to pad the bottom line. Again, this isn’t in wedding industry but incentive and economics works the same.
Post # 11
My DOC gave me a flat fee and then charged for incidentals – a very small amount. I’m surprised that she won’t tell you what her fee is.
The bottom line is – if you’re not comfortable with her, don’t book her.
Post # 12
I agree with everyone else. That just seems weird to me…
Post # 13
THANKS BEES…NOT GONNA USE HER…JUST THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS A LIL STRANGE