Wedding Planning Tip: Be careful of wedding vendors with a conflict of interest.
I recently came across a couple of incidents where wedding vendors were conducting some morally questionable practices and I wanted to share this with engaged couples who may be unaware of what is out there. Be careful of wedding vendors who have a conflict of interest and who aren’t looking out for what is best for you. Let me give some examples.
There are some weddings vendors who refer to or work with other particular vendors because they receive a commission or kickback for bringing them business. There are also venues who force you to use a list of preferred vendors and in return, these vendors pay the venue by inflating their prices, which you, the client must pay. These practices may not only affect your pocketbook but the choices presented to you when it comes to wedding vendors. Similarly related, I find it really discouraging when wedding planners use the same vendors at every event. In my opinion, there is no way the same set of vendors are the right fit for every client. Every client is different and thus, the wedding vendors considered should be matched to what the client is looking for and their budget.
Another example I want to share is when wedding vendors hold multiple jobs in the industry. For example, a florist who is also a wedding coordinator or a wedding coordinator that is also a photographer or a caterer who is also a florist. While on the one hand this does increase their knowledge, it is a severe conflict of interest for the couple. Having your hand in too many pots can result in a wedding planner pushing the couple to use the florist they work part time with or the venue they handle site coordination for. Or from the other side, they will push themselves on you to be their wedding planner. It’s just all bad on all sides! When you look for your wedding vendors, pay attention to how they do business and make sure they are following a code of ethics you are comfortable with. And if you aren’t sure, just ask them directly and see what their answers are.