MONEY MORAL DILEMMA: Should Monica and Chandler not pay their wedding planner?

Former_MSE_Penelope Posts: 536 Forumite
edited 12 January 2010 at 9:43PM in MoneySaving polls
Here's this week's hypothetical situation for you to cogitate on:
Should Monica and Chandler not pay their wedding planner?

Monica and Chandler have hired a wedding planner for the lump sum of £800. But their wedding day is a series of disasters, with the wrong flowers being delivered, the cake being late and the food being served cold. Monica & Chandler decide not to pay the planner as it's her fault. She says a job's a job and she's owed the money as she could've gone with another client.
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  • scotsbob
    scotsbob Posts: 4,632 Forumite
    If two people, between them, can't order flowers and a cake and organise serving food then they deserve to be £800 down.

    Make them pay.

  • ThinkingOfLinking
    I'd say that the wedding planner was in breach of her contract by not providing such items, assuming that it was part of her role, and as such, the couple are well within their rights to withhold payment; it works two ways; yes the wedding planner could maybe have had another client, but the couple could also have chosen another wedding planner and yet they put their trust in her for their big day, their one big day and she let them down.
  • LOUY_2
    LOUY_2 Posts: 57 Forumite
    Do not pay,
    I wouldnt pay anyone else if they failed to complete the job.
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  • sandy_may
    The wedding planner was contracted to supply certain flowers, hot food & a cake delivered on time. She didn't do that therefore she didn't do her job so can't expect to be paid.
  • jonesy76
    Definitely not pay. If you ordered flowers from a florist, or food from a restuarant and they were late or cold you would complain.
  • Trialia
    Trialia Posts: 1,108 Forumite
    The planner didn't do the job she was contracted to do, so I wouldn't pay her for it.
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  • katsu
    katsu Posts: 4,954 Forumite
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    I don't understand why this is a dilemma. Seems fairly straightforward - she did not do a satisfactory job. Her job is problem solving and organisation, neither of which appear up to scratch.
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  • irritable
    Who cares, they'll be divorced in six months anyway.
  • hillmoore
    I assume the florist, caterers etc were also not paid.

    It depends on what the wedding planner was contracted to do.
  • reluctantworkingmum
    if she hired the florist caterers etc - bet she wasnt going to pay them!!
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