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Accepting Commissions: The Easy Answer

  1. Desiree

    July 16th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Well said! I teach this to my wedding & event planning students. Like you said, if the client is unaware that you accept commissions…it is unethical. I ask my vendors to extend the “commission” to my clients as the “Desiree Discount”. Clients love the decrease in cost and I love the referrals I receive from them. GREAT POST!

  2. Debbie

    July 16th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you for the comment Desiree. I love the “Desiree Discount”!

  3. Sabrina Cadini at

    July 18th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Great post, I totally agree! Just like Desiree I don’t take any commissions or kickbacks but I work with my vendors on a discount program for my couples instead (that makes them very happy).
    This is a sad reality happening very often, vendors refer each other just because of commissions involved, not because of their professionalism, reliability, knowledge and experience. The couple is ultimately the victim, they will realize that the chosen vendors were not the right ones only after the wedding and it will be too late to go back…

  4. Debbie

    July 18th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Great comment Sabrina. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I couldn’t agree more.

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  6. Delphine

    July 18th, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Hi Everybody ! I’m new here as I’m launching my “destination wedding planner activity” for french speakers. I read your post about “Accepting Commissions : The Easy Answer” and I have a question… I saw big american destination wedding websites who offer services for free as they are only paid by commissions.
    How is it possible to compete with them ? I don’t want to push some venues to get comissions but choose the suitable ones for my clients instead? Do you have some tips for me? Thank you! Delphine

  7. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    July 18th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Delphine, it depends on how you structure your business. There are many destination wedding planners who charge for their services and don’t take commissions. If you communicate this clearly to your clients so they understand the huge value you provide as their advocate (without taking outside commissions), you can have a successful business.

  8. collette O Leary

    August 18th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Well said, when I set up my business I decided from the word go that I do not take ” kick backs ” and as a professional wedding planner I get the best fit for the Bride and Groom, at the end of the day one must decide who are you working for your self and your clients or your suppliers!

  9. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    August 19th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Good for you Collette! I did the same thing and have always felt great about it. Thanks for commenting!

  10. Margi

    April 20th, 2016 at 10:25 am

    What do you think a new event planner should charge for their services? I have planned and coordinated 3 wedding, 3 bridal showers and baby showers. I have also planned and coordinated multiple corporate events for a small company. As I am officially starting my business, I thought $350 would be good for just initial vendor meetings and negotiations. If the client wants more extensive services $600. What are your thoughts and do you think I should negotiate my charges and services?

    Thank you!

  11. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 21st, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Thanks for your comment Margi. This post may help you: Also, if you want to work through the numbers together and have a pricing worksheet to use, consider doing a one-on-one coaching session. You can find more information about that here:

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