Did you know some UK wedding planners charge you a fee for organising your wedding PLUS accept commission/kickbacks from wedding venues or suppliers? In many cases, the suppliers will add 10% on top of their fee to cover the commission paid to the wedding planner, which means you inevitably end up paying more for your wedding than is necessary. So if you are considering hiring a wedding planner, do ask them, “Do you accept commission and kickbacks.”
As a professional level member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP), the leading membership body for wedding planners in the UK, we, at One Curious Dream abide by a strict code of conduct and ethics. As part of our membership, we agree not to accept commission payments, referral fees or kickbacks from venues or suppliers so you can be positive that our recommendations are always based on having your best interests at heart! The UKAWP have recently launched a campaign throughout the UK to highlight the position, you can read more about it here
There are many different viewpoints in the wedding industry overall and these have recently been debated in an article shared on Love My Dress – you can read it here.
In the meantime, please do ensure you conduct thorough research before engaging a wedding planner and make sure you know exactly what their position is on accepting commission payments!