(Closed) Wedding planner contract: ALL vendors HAVE TO be booked thru planner?!?!?

posted 5 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
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2014 posts
Buzzing bee

Have you signed the contract yet?

Post # 4
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2014 posts
Buzzing bee

I would personally back out. It kind of sounds like she may have connections to “preferred” vendors which may limit who you can actually hire. As in, she may know a florist who is her personal friend and because she has control over booking everything, she can make sure things go in her friend’s favour. It sounds very shady to me.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Himbeere:  This seems crazy to me. We have a wedding planner, she had a preferred list, but there was no rule that we had to use those people. I would just tell her you aren’t signing the contract with that claus and want a new copy with that taken out. Wedding planners are a dime a dozen and they rely heavily on word of mouth. I bet if you are firm she will take out that stipulation as she doesnt want to lose a client or get bad reviews. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’d do this:

1.  email her saying you noticed that, and here are the things you want to book without her.  Ask her if she can add those items to the contract as items you can book without her, and if so you’ll be happy to sign.

2. if she says no then bye felicia!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

While intimidating, it is possible to negotiate a contract. I’ll give an example from my own life (but not necessarily wedding related).

When I moved into my first college apt, it was me and four other girls. The property managers wanted all the parents as cosigners with total liability and my dad would have none of that. He refused to be liable for any portion but mine and crossed out that portion of the cosigner contract, wrote in his own clause stating that he only had 20% liability, signed it, and we never had any pushback at all.

You could do the same sort of thing. Cross out what you don’t like and write in something that suits you better, like “All vendors providing services on venue property will be booked through Jane Doe. Vendors not performing services on venue property will be booked at client’s discretion.”

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Himbeere:  I’m still not sure I totally understand? So you have a package and you still have to pay 15% on top of that? Or the 15% is part of the total? Either way, you’re right, it’s grabby. Her job is to “coordinate” regardless of who the vendors are. If you’re already paying the 15%, then I honestly would just book through her because it doesn’t make sense to find someone else since then you would be paying for a service your didn’t get. Or, I would just find a new coordinator. They should be charging you a flat fee for coordination services. My coordinator is doing our flower arrangements and programs, so we do have to pay extra for that, but that is outside the realm of “coordination.” 

You should talk with her though and ask her all these questions. She might have a simple logical explanation that you are comfortable with or she might be willing to work with you to change some things. If you don’t feel comfortable after that conversation, find a new one. A coordinator is supposed to make your day stress free, but if she’s the one causing you stress, it’s not going to work  

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

There seems to be a lot of confusion about what the clause means both on our part trying to help you, but it also seems like you’re a bit uncertain youself.

I think the best way for you to get good advice (espcially since you say you’re not a native English speaker!) is to post the actual verbiage (as in the *precise* word for word wording on the document), because that’s the important part, and then I think we can try to help interpret from a better place since we’ll have an idea what you’re actaully reading? 

Also, I am NOT a lawyer, but my understanding is that the point of signing the contract is that you’re agreeing to what’s in it.  So even if you ask her and she explains, or says “that part doesn’t matter”, unless you cross it out, like a PP suggested, then it’s still technically a part of your contract.  That’s why I’m so concerned about what the text itself actually says. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

A) Try to negotiate to have it removed from the contract

B) It is cash grabby because this is how wedding planners make some of their $$. I.e. they have negotiated discounts with preferred vendors and pass on only SOME of it to events, meaning they pocket a portion of the cost

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Also, on an unrealted note, since you didn’t mention how her main package was priced.  

I personally would not book a wedding planner that calculated their fees as a %.  I want a flat number.  That’s it.  I would get additional fees like if they go into overtime above the agreed on hours, it’s an additional $100 an hour or whatever.  But not a % of anything you’re spending.  That just doesn’t fly with me anyway, but that’s my personal feeling.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I wonder if it could just be so that she can keep track of all the things that have been booked and taken care of? Perhaps it seems strongly worded but is actually there for your benefit? I’d ask for clarification before speculating too negatively and possibly getting upset over something that could be nothing 🙂 

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

A lot of event planners do this stuff, but they don’t disclose it to the client. What they do is run everything through themselves and they add in a percentage to any vendor costs and then pass that on to the client without telling them.

it’s double dipping and unscrupulous IMO. But what’s odd is this person is disclosing this and tacking the fee on upfront? definitely do as PP said and post the exact verbiage here.

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