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Wedding Planner Ethics: 3 Stand-Out Points of Excellence with Clients & Event Partners

Blog, Event Industry Businesses & Professionals, Event Planning Advice, Our Events Industry Pros, Rants / 05.24.20180 comments

Whether you are a fellow event partner (vendor), or a wedding/event client, the ethics and integrity with which your chosen professional wedding consultant approaches his/her work can make all the difference in the outcome of the wedding/event.  We adhere to some standards that some may call “old-fashioned”, but in the end, we are referred by many of our fellow event partners and chosen over some  planners because our commitment to integrity and ethics benefits them, as well as our clients.  Here are top most commonly-violated ethics in the wedding industry and how we handle them:

 

  • Accepting kick-backs or incentives.  While some event partners offer kick-backs  or  monetary incentives to wedding coordinators who book their services, we refuse to accept them or offer them.  Why?  If we accepted personal gain from an event partner for referring them, our allegiance then shifts from our paying client (who is paying us to look out after their best interest) to the event partner providing the best incentive (or any incentive at all over another vendor who may not offer it).   We promise our clients that we will provide them referrals to the event partners who are the best for them:  this includes their spending plan, style, vision, and more.  If we are accepting any kick-backs from event partners, our allegiance will then not be with our client who is paying us and will shift to the event partner we prefer to get the best kick-back from.   “But everyone does it,” a Hotel GM told me one time. I still politely declined.  One very prominent event partner in our area openly offers the choice of kick-backs to event planners or the choice of passing on the savings to their clients. I choose the latter and my clients love me for it.  They are confident that I have their best interest at heart and then the bidding “game” truly becomes about the event partner seeking my client’s business and not my business.
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What Your Wedding Planner’s Social Media Can Reveal About Them

Blog, Event Planning Advice, Rants / 01.17.20160 comments

Photo Credit: Michael Costa | Location: Bacara Resort & Spa

Photo Credit: Michael Costa | Location: Bacara Resort & Spa

I’m tired of click bait personally, so decided not to title this article “The One Thing Every Bride Should Check Out Before Hiring Their Wedding Planner“.  Although, if I could, this title would be more accurate.

Here’s the thing about social media professionally:  it is intended to share and convey a brand. To engage with current customers as well as potential customers.  And yes, it is supposed to get personal from time to time.  Again, the operative phrase being “from time to time” . All business social media gurus and international marketing leaders agree that allowing potential customers to catch a glimpse into your personal life – sparingly- fosters trust and can build common ground and this trust leads to sales/bookings.

But besides the personal element of social media in business, I wish to bring up another topic rarely addressed, but one that is equally -if not more- important. It is a thorough review of how your prospective professional event planner handles themselves on social media, as it will tell you more about their work style and personality and

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