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post #1 of 15
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Have to vent to other wedding professionals: I just got one of the bigger wedding coordinators in my area mad at me because I was not willing to book with them as a part of their package. Said from the very first phone conversation that I deal with brides directly and do not do third party bookings, yet they proceeded to request a quote and make arrangements. Comes down to the contract, so i state that the bride needs to contact me directly to make arrangements. They bulldoze over that and tell me to send contract to them. I politely decline and repeat that I deal with brides directly, so I cannot assist them with their wedding. So, a few minutes later get a phone call from an upset "boss" who cannot understand why when she is trying to give me business, I'm being difficult instead of grateful. Whew! Feel better, lol. Thanks!

post #2 of 15
Wow.
post #3 of 15
Unbelievable. I never understand why people get so bothered about how people run THEIR business. You don't like the policy keep moving. No reason to get upset.
post #4 of 15

You're better off without having to deal with people who obviously have no respect for other people.

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by morganchampagne View Post

Unbelievable. I never understand why people get so bothered about how people run THEIR business. You don't like the policy keep moving. No reason to get upset.

Exactly. I don't like their policy of upcharging my services as a part of their package and making money on my cake, so I just choose not to go down that rabbit hole. It's that simple. I was surprised to actually get a phone call, I expected more of "thanks anyways" email back.

post #6 of 15

Weddings bring out the rotten side of a lot of people, be they vendors or brides. Some of the dirtiest business people I have ever met are venue coordinators.

post #7 of 15

Good for you standing your ground!  They had a lot of nerve treating you like a sub-contractor who came to them asking for work.  If you wanted a "boss", I'm sure you'd have found one on your own.

post #8 of 15

Obviously this wedding planner has no business making any demands on how anyone does business.

 

And maybe I completely misunderstand, but if the planner can upcharge a cake, wouldn't that imply the cake is underpriced?

post #9 of 15
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I am in one of the top destination wedding locations in US. Most brides come from areas where prices are significantly higher. There is a lot of room for upcharging in all inclusive packages icon_wink.gif
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Pebbles1727 View Post

I am in one of the top destination wedding locations in US. Most brides come from areas where prices are significantly higher. There is a lot of room for upcharging in all inclusive packages icon_wink.gif

I get that about packages but then you don't really know for sure what's being upcharged.   You're saying there are prices for locals and prices for visitors? I think I'd just target my business at visitors.

post #11 of 15
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Locals don't use all inclusive services, those are targeted toward visitors. My business is not, and it does not make sense for me to do that only because someone thinks its a better option. As a business owner I make decisions based on what I know and believe is best for what I'm trying to achieve. Out of all planning services like this one, they were just the first one who took it personally.
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Originally Posted by Pebbles1727 View Post

Locals don't use all inclusive services, those are targeted toward visitors. My business is not, and it does not make sense for me to do that only because someone thinks its a better option. As a business owner I make decisions based on what I know and believe is best for what I'm trying to achieve. Out of all planning services like this one, they were just the first one who took it personally.

Is that referring to what I said about who I'd target? That comment was made without even knowing where you are. I'd be silly to think you'd be taking my advice. At first glance, it's going to seem like it makes sense to try and sell your product for as much as you can --  I assume you can understand people thinking that way. Sorry to put you in the position of defending your choice.

 

 

 

post #13 of 15
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No, I was referring to the planning service icon_wink.gif sorry. I can understand all kinds of thinking, I just don't believe it is right for it to be forced on me.
post #14 of 15

When I was a bride I didn't want anyone but me and the baker to handle the cake!  What an unprofessional wedding planner badger you like that.

post #15 of 15

Call them back and tell them that you have a bride who wants to use their services and you'll be sending the contract right over...

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