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

posted 5 years ago in Beehive
Post # 17
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183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

That is NOT common or a standard policy among wedding coordinators. I’m a wedding photographer and have been in the industry for over 6 years and never heard of that. I have heard of VENUES having that policy but not wedding coordinators. They are a vendor just the same as your photographer or florist. She has no say to dictact that to her clients. But if it’s a policy of hers, she may not be so lenient to stray away from it. So I wouldn’t book her and I’d go with someone else. Or at least ask her to forego that part of her contract. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

Post # 18
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346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Himbeere:  So where are you getting the 15% from?  Is that in another clause that you didn’t list that talks about that.  

Does the contract elsewhere define what “booking agent” means? 

 

Also, if this is causing you this much drama already, perhaps it’s time to look into another planner.  Are there other options for your DW?  And have you spoken to this one since you posted?  I had a couple vendors add/remove clauses in the contracts at my request— which is *different* from saying “Oh that part isn’t a big deal, it doesn’t matter” if they don’t take it off…

Post # 20
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346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Himbeere:  I think that’s the right choice.  The payment schedule is bull frankly.  You want a flat rate.  And more importantly, it’s 2015.  She shouldn’t take a week to send you a contract if she wants your business.  If she’s doing that now, I would imagine it will only get worse as the planning goes on which will be more and more stressful to you.  That planner is someone you’ll interact with a lot.  Get someone you feel totally comfortable with that’s reasonable and responsive.  

No matter what she says about the clause or the contract, it seems like that would really be your best idea at this point.  Maybe your venue has reccomendations. 🙂  Good luck!

Post # 21
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48 posts
Newbee

Himbeere:  with respect to the term that you posted: “[planner] will be the booking agent…”

note that the term does not specify who needs to provide the written authorisation. 

Based on this poor drafting, the inability to coalesce all key terms into one agreement, uncertainty over price, and tardiness, it seems best to prevent further disappointment by not proceeding with this Planner. 

Contracts are supposed to allocate risk, not cause anxiety. Next…

Post # 23
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I would definitely look for another planner.

 

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