As you plan your wedding, the thought of being a wedding planner can seem quite appealing. Dress fittings, venue visits, menu tastings and wonderful trips to flower markets all seem like the stuff of career dreams.

However, and as someone who spent more than five years as a planner, I can tell you that the reality is a lot tougher than you might imagine. Super long days, a lack of weekends in the summer months, tricky clients, lots of travel and the feeling that if something goes wrong on the day, you can kiss goodbye to your hard-won reputation.

So, I have absolutely no problem with wedding planners charging a fair rate for their work. Now, I’m not here to debate what a ‘fair rate’ is because everyone’s version of that differs and what people have to spend on their weddings is, quite frankly, no one’s business. However, I am here to hear more about the issue of wedding planners receiving commission from suppliers.

Some planners receive commissions, a kind of financial…

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