This post is slightly coincidental as we’ve just had a brief discussion with a wedding planner but the truth is that I wrote it months ago and never got round to posting it.
Several months ago, we wrote to all of the wedding planners that we’ve worked with in the past to confirm that we would not be paying commissions for clients ‘sent’ our way. We’ve said before that we really want to work for clients who love what we do. However, when some wedding planners point you in the direction of a photographer, caterer etc., are they doing so with your best interests at heart? Honestly? Or, are they encouraging you to book vendors who pay them the most in commission? If I was organizing my wedding with the help of a planner, I’d honestly hope that they were doing the best for me – not themselves.
If we’re recommended to you by a wedding planner, you can rest assured that they’re doing so because they believe that we’re great for you. There are no ‘back-handers’ or dodgy deals being done behind your back. As we explained to our planners: we have relationships with our clients that last years – they don’t just terminate the day after the wedding & we feel completely uncomfortable with the ‘commission’ way of doing things. The wedding planners that we use are professionals who charge fairly and up-front for their services – and so do we :)
You may wonder why some wedding planners don’t have us on their books. Now you know why this may be the case.
In the UK, this ‘commission’ system also sometimes extends to venues. Ever wondered why a venue is so keen to recommend a certain photographer? Guess what? It’s not always because they genuinely think they’re great!
Conversely, we’re often asked by clients to recommend other vendors: videographers, hair & make-up, DJs etc. The same applies – we do so because either we love what they do or because our previous clients thought highly of them – we don’t have a financial incentive for doing so.