(Closed) Is it common for a wedding planner to not disclose their fee?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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 # 5
2889 posts
Sugar bee

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 # 7
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@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
29 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

That is really, really odd. I would not book a coordiantor who did that.

Post # 10
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with everyone else. That just seems weird to me…

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