Post # 1
Hi bees! My mother and I just received an email from our planner informing us that one of her brides asked if she gave a discount for paying the remaining balance upfront before the next payment cycle began. Our planner said that she offered that bride a $200 discount from the remaining balance and wanted to extend the same offer to us. My wedding is not until April 2016. We have already paid the planner a $1600 deposit and our next payment is not until January ($600), then February ($600), and finally March ($600). If we take her up on her deal, we’d only have to pay her $1600 instead of the remaining $1800. Although I would like to save the extra $200, I am concerned about paying everything upfront especially because we have 8 months until the wedding. What do you think? Should we do it?
Post # 2
Wow, that is expensive! If you want you can. It sounds a little fishy but if you have a contract then it shouldn’t be a be deal
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
I would maybe ask her to redo the contract to include that $200 discount, or at least provide some kind of confirmation in writing before agreeing to paying that much upfront with so much time before the wedding.
Post # 4
Does she have a good reputation? Have you seen contracts/pmts from her to your vendors? I’m certainly more cynical than most, but why offer it now? It sounds to me like she may be in a bit of a cash flow crunch and is looking for ways to get some fast cash. Nothing wrong with that, unless when it comes time for your wedding the cash isn’t flowing.
Post # 5
Thanks! Good suggestion! Our current contract says ANY changes must be signed by both parties.
Yes, she has a very good reputation and is one of the reasons her price point is pretty high. She’s been in the wedding industry for 20+ years and is one of our venue’s recommended vendors. That said, I am totally with you though… Why offer this discount now. I hired her back in February when she offered a 10% bridal show discount. This new discount was completely unsolicited. Again, I’d love to save the extra money but I am nervous about paying her in full. Ultimately, the new signed contract should offer the necessary protection.
Post # 6
If she let me pay by credit card, which had insurance and I could contest the charge later with any issues, I would be all for it!
Honestly, as a business owner I often like having cash upfront, because I absolutely know a client won’t cancel on me barring a major emergency. It could also be that there’s a bit of financial hot water in her personal life, or she’s just inches away from a life goal like buying a house!
I also really appreciate as a bride, paying as much as I can EARLY so that it doesn’t feel like I have 20,000 one day, and zero the next on the day of my wedding! I’m 11 months out and have already paid 5,000 out of the expected 20,000. I imagine it will help make cash gifts TRULY feel like gifts, rather than going right back onto the credit card for wedding bills the day after the celebration!
If you have a good relationship and lots of trust for the planner, I would go for it!
Post # 7
I wouldn’t do it. High-end wedding professionals don’t offer such deals and it is odd that she approached you out if the blue with it. My gut instinct tells me she’s got money troubles, is behind with vendors and is looking to raise cash quick. What if you pay her & she goes out of business? Files bankruptcy? Is risking dealing with shaking her down for your money back while salvaging third party vendor contracts & trying to find a new planner worth a $200 discount? Wouldn’t be to me.
Post # 8
If her fee is only for her personal services i’d be OK with an addendum to the contract. If she’s willing to discount her services – it doesn’t potentially put you in a bind with other vendors. However, if part of that money is to pay other vendors, I’d be a little concerned that she’s using your money to pay for the Sept bride’s vendors. I
If she’s paying other vendors, I’d want proof of pmt to them for your event within so many days of her receiving the total amount.
Post # 9
Thanks all! The discount is for her fees only. It is not to pay the other vendors, and thus far, she has provided me with proofs of all payments to them. I have copies of contracts with the vendors and invoices showing deposits made.
Post # 10
Where I live, wedding planers do not pay vendors. They may negotiate and handle. I would be VERY nervous about them paying. Plenty of frauds involve fake invoices.
Post # 11
Well, it’s typical to settle up with your vendors 2 weeks before your wedding, so it’s not like you don’t pay any vendors 100% before the wedding.
BUT, if she has a good reputation, she has good reviews, and you have a contract that includes the part about the discount, I’d go for it.
If she has little experience, and little to show for her experience (ie only a few reviews) I would not take the deal. I paid my photographer insanely early because I knew him from high school. I wouldn’t have done so with any of my other vendors, though I was still early with all of them.
Post # 12
Our videographer offered this randomly as well a few months after we booked him. He has good reviews and also did weddings of a couple of other people I know, so we took advantage of the deal. If they are established and have good reviews, I would do it!
Post # 13
Is there a cooling off period within the contract and when do you start working with her? I didn’t negotiate a contract properly (my fault, the planner was applying pressure for us to sign) and ended up employing someone who was awful to work with and added zero value.
Post # 14
I did this. Paid in advance in full 1700$ . We have a contact, she’s been doing this for over a decade, tons of positive reviews online (over 50)
Post # 15
I would definitely do this! Unless you’re worried about not having enough cash for other stuff. But definitely get it in writing.