I’m no bridezilla, but the butterflies are definitely kicking in.
My fascination with becoming a wedding planner on the side has completely vanished. Here’s why. There are so many things out of a planner’s control—more so than other jobs. You rely on vendors and relationships and if they can’t live up to the bargain, then you look negligent as a wedding planner. Sure, you can have back-up plans, but who wants a job where they’re always coming up with a plan B because someone that you’ve contracted with cannot seem to deliver! It’s extremely stressful especially for someone like me.
I demand good service because I know that I would deliver the best possible service if I were in their shoes. Don’t say you’re sorry you didn’t return my voicemail. I don’t want to hear anymore apologies. Just do your fucking job!
A different incentive structure needs to be put in place. Typically (this is from my experience) vendors ask for a deposit and then the rest is due 30 days prior to the event. But what needs to happen is a deposit, then the rest is due after they have completed their service. This is the case for both my DJ and photographer. That’s why they respond to my emails. They are incented to. Now that I’ve given the full amount to some of my vendors, they seem to have taken off on their own honeymoons. Give me back my money if you can’t do your fucking job!
It’s a huge lesson. If I were ever to go into the event business, don’t work with anyone who charges the full amount prior to completion. They suck!