(Closed) Wedding planner totally ripping us off….

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
415 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@maggierose:  I personally would cancel this planner.  They are doubling the price on EVERYTHING?  My wedding planner has got me deals with her preferred vendors – such good deals in fact that she has essentially paid for herself. 

You could go there a few days early and try to set up stuff yourself?  Is paying double for everything worth their beautiful design skills? 

It really seems like they are ripping you off and trying to take advantage of you being “rich Americans”.  It’s not right. Is there any other planners you could use? 

I’m sorry you have to deal with this!  Not fun.  

Post # 4
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

I think if you’ve already signed a contract with her, you may be stuck.  Review what your contract says ans see if you have wiggle room or can negotiate things.  Since you are not paying her a flat fee, you should be able to dictate a lot more.  Since you are using a private estate, there should be no reason that you can’t pick whom you’d like to work with.  Essentially, this planner is using people she is in business with and can make the most money with.  If she is only discouraging the use of the band you want, I say book them, and demand to be copied on every email or communication she has with them, so you know she’s not deliberately sabotaging it.

You may offend her, but would you rather be polite and spend extra thousands of dollars in the process?

Post # 6
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would absolutely cancel.. you would lose your deposit..but you can save by getting the band and liquor  etc yourself..maybe if you tell them why you are cancelling they will lower their fees.

Post # 7
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@maggierose: why can’t you just hire the same people they woudl be, but directly? tell her you called both places, and since you can get them for half of what they are charging, then you will book them personally. Since they are preferred vendors anyway, why does it matter? If she gets mad, then tell her you want to talk to the manager. YOu shouldn’t have to pay double just because they are doing the footwork. LIke you said, 10% should be more than enough for them to make the phone calls

Post # 8
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Your wedding planner is supposed to be getting you good deals through connections instead of doubling the prices. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to tell them that you contacted teh same band and got a quote for 1/2 the price and that’s what you want to go with. There’s no excuse for doubling the price, like you said if they want to take a 10% service fee for each vendor that might be understandable if they’re helping out considerably with setup, direction, breakdown, etc. But you should call them out on doubling the price of everything you can prove.

Post # 9
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I know this isn’t the point of having a planner, but I would take over booking the big things myself and really give her a list of things you are deligating to her. I would be a speciific as possible when passing duties on to her.

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