(Closed) Planner offered discount if we pay everything upfront…

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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
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Honey bee
  • 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
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Bumble bee

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 # 6
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Helper bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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giggs5019:  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
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Bumble bee

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giggs5019:  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.  

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Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Buzzing bee

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giggs5019:  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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
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Sugar bee

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
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Bumble bee

I would definitely do this! Unless you’re worried about not having enough cash for other stuff. But definitely get it in writing.

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