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Episode 133: A Wedding Planner’s Take on Running A Legit (and Luxurious) Business With Brandee Gaar
In Episode 133 of The Legal Paige Podcast, I connected with wedding planner pro - Brandee Gaar - to dig into the legal, sticky situations that are common in the wedding planning industry (especially with inflation driving up costs), how to navigate destination weddings without hurting your bottom line, must-have clauses all wedding planners should have in their contracts, how to ensure you still get paid even if your client cancels last-minute, and so much more! If you are a wedding planner (seasoned OR brand new), Brandee is a treasure trove of knowledge and this episode will set you on the fast track to a more legally legit, sustainable, and luxurious business.
Meet Brandee Gaar
Brandee is a Luxury Event Planner, Thought Leader, Educational Speaker, and Host of The Wedding Pro CEO Podcast (previously She Who Dares Podcast). As a lifelong lover of all things events, Brandee spent 7 years as a corporate event planner with the prestigious Gaylord Hotels brand before opening her own event consulting firm. Blush by Brandee Gaar and Eleven Events by Blush have quickly become known for their over-the-top events and high-touch standard of customer service.
Brandee is passionate about teaching new and aspiring entrepreneurs her exact strategies in growing two 6-figure businesses. She provides expert tools for those who are ready to take their side hustle into a full time passion. Her goal is to help new businesses beat the statistics by starting with a success-minded focus!
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In the age that we’re living in with pricing going all over the place, Brandee shared that one of the most IMPORTANT things wedding planners can do is be in touch with your industry! Stay in communication with your vendors & get a grip on what they are dealing with so you fully understand any price increases that might arise. For your clients, one of the biggest benefits to using a wedding planner is your advice and expertise. They are hiring you because you have a pulse on the industry, know what is happening, and can be a great negotiator for both sides.
Advocate well for your partners and advocate well for your clients so that you can come to a beneficial, win-win agreement. With happy parties on both sides, your business will naturally grow.
More From This Episode
Press play on Episode 133 and you’ll learn:
How to avoid the legal, sticky situations that are common in the wedding planning industry (especially with inflation driving up costs).
Must-have clauses ALL wedding planners should have in their legal contracts.
How to ensure you still get paid even if your client cancels last-minute.
The reason “production schedules” will save you from getting burned as a wedding planner.
The differences between “day-of coordination” and “full-service planning” and how to make sure you don’t get in over your head.
Follow Along with Brandee
You’ll QUICKLY find from listening to Brandee’s experiences that it’s important to have a legally legit foundation backing you when you run a wedding planning business.
With The Legal Paige’s Wedding Planning Contract, you'll be covered for any situation. Included is a communication clause that will ensure you are contacted only during your office hours (so no late-night texts with brides), your day-of hours of coverage is set in stone and any additional hours will be invoiced at your hourly rate, all of your duties as a coordinator are explained and signed off on (including what you will NOT be doing), your client’s responsibilities such as paying their own vendors and vendor cancellations, time limits on modifications and changes to the overall wedding theme, your travel expenses, use of wedding images from the photographer, and more!