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post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by Melvira

tokazodo - GOOD FOR YOU!! But man, how did you keep from choking that person!? You're better than I am. I'd have been in jail!




I work with special needs students all week long. I have adopted the 'Flubber Principle". (for ever action there is an equal and opposite reaction?) Flubber, when it hits something gains momentum until it is ricocheting off the walls. I have learned to say something once, twice as a reminder and then walk away and not get into an argument. Because If I keep going, with it, I am going to turn into flubber and start bouncing off the walls! icon_lol.gif
post #17 of 29
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What it sounds like here and that the woman has taken one of these event planning courses that informed her she could ask vendors for discounts. She is just starting her business. I emailed the woman and informed her I could not give her a discount. I figured I wouldn't hear from her again, but then she emailed me and told me she still wanted to put me on her list and wasn't expecting a discount. However, some other vendors were offering discounts so she was curious to see if others would.
post #18 of 29
I know several wedding planners that have been business for EVER. They would not be happy to hear that is the new trend to wedding planning. They would never ask for any kick backs or special discounts. The prefer to find solid, reputable vendors they can reccomend and in turn, that brings them business.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by tokazodo

I work with special needs students all week long. I have adopted the 'Flubber Principle". (for ever action there is an equal and opposite reaction?) Flubber, when it hits something gains momentum until it is ricocheting off the walls. I have learned to say something once, twice as a reminder and then walk away and not get into an argument. Because If I keep going, with it, I am going to turn into flubber and start bouncing off the walls! icon_lol.gif



Hahahaa!! Good stuff!
Melvira: Mistress of the dark... chocolate!

Well that's just great. Peanut butter in my crack.
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Melvira: Mistress of the dark... chocolate!

Well that's just great. Peanut butter in my crack.
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post #20 of 29
Um, NO.

I work with all the best planners in my area, and not one of them has ever even hinted at such a thing.


I price my cakes where I do, for a reason (profit, duh icon_cool.gif ). Period. The customer gets my price, whether they call me themselves, or have someone else call me. :=P

and that's all I have to say, about that

Not doing cakes any more, moved on...

Now blogging about life after cake and other randomness here:  http://itsa-long-story.blogspot.com/

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Not doing cakes any more, moved on...

Now blogging about life after cake and other randomness here:  http://itsa-long-story.blogspot.com/

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post #21 of 29
And then you have them do this to your cake! Do ya think there's enough flowers on the cake? I stopped with the topper. Even that was over stated for a small 8"5" cake.
I'm about the axe another middle man. I'm getting tired of dealing with this wedding planner!

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post #22 of 29
I had someone approach me last summer with a deal like this here in Colorado. On;y her prices were like, 200 a MONTH to be listed as one of her preferred vendors. It took a lot of effort not to laugh in her face.
post #23 of 29
This has been going on for years with skeevy vendors. The tipoff is whether they will let you deal directly with the bride on your own, or whether they want to have control over all the contracts and payments. They're just jacking up the price on the bride if they're doing that. Getting payments from other vendors to be on a list is nothing new, too. Those "preferred vendor" brochures a lot of venues pass out are paid for by the advertisers. I get requests from a lot of the big wedding blogs "inviting" me to be on their "super best of the best list" for only a small payment of $2000 or whatever it is.

I tell brides that the benefit they get from working with reputable planners is that I will make an effort to be available for them if the planner is someone I've worked with in the past. If they call and say "Naomi sent me" I'll go check the calendar to see if I can work them in, instead of immediately saying that I'm booked on that day if it looks like I'm already booked. No $$$ passes handsto planners in booking clients as far as I'm concerned.

I've written about this kind of thing several times on my blog because it comes up all the time. http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2011/06/i-am-not-wedding-pimp.html

http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2011/04/you-won-meaningless-award.html

http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2010/11/weird-coordinator-requests.html
post #24 of 29

Well, You actually should allow them to place on that list because whenever she has a bride she will refer you or even use you as that brides vendor. SO you get your profit off of that sale. By the way, you also are the one that decides how mcuh to charge so it may look like a discount to them but it really may not be. So JUST DO IT!! It helps you out.

post #25 of 29

Wow -- Why do you go to a wedding planner? So you can have  great wedding.  How does your wedding planner choose her venders? She chooses vendors who are willing to bribe her? Basically she has a bribe fee?

 

It's a conflict of interest, an organized kickback system and tacky. What a way to treat your customers...
 

post #26 of 29

Yes I owned a cake business for over 30 years and the caterers,wedding planners ect who brought us business we gave their brides a10% discount  in return.It was less then the hotel,country clubs in which we gave a wholesale price and we got all their wedding ect business.I sold my shop last year to a 6 year employee and she is doing well.If you don't need or want the extra business don't do it.
 

post #27 of 29

One of the things wedding planners job is to get the best vendors and the best price for the clients.Some charge a flat fee for their service and others get a % of the wedding total cost.
 

post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post

This has been going on for years with skeevy vendors. The tipoff is whether they will let you deal directly with the bride on your own, or whether they want to have control over all the contracts and payments. They're just jacking up the price on the bride if they're doing that. Getting payments from other vendors to be on a list is nothing new, too. Those "preferred vendor" brochures a lot of venues pass out are paid for by the advertisers. I get requests from a lot of the big wedding blogs "inviting" me to be on their "super best of the best list" for only a small payment of $2000 or whatever it is.

I tell brides that the benefit they get from working with reputable planners is that I will make an effort to be available for them if the planner is someone I've worked with in the past. If they call and say "Naomi sent me" I'll go check the calendar to see if I can work them in, instead of immediately saying that I'm booked on that day if it looks like I'm already booked. No $$$ passes handsto planners in booking clients as far as I'm concerned.

I've written about this kind of thing several times on my blog because it comes up all the time. http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2011/06/i-am-not-wedding-pimp.html

http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2011/04/you-won-meaningless-award.html

http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2010/11/weird-coordinator-requests.html

 

I love your blogs Costumeczar! Funny and informative!
post #29 of 29
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I love your blogs Costumeczar! Funny and informative!

thank you!

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