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10 Things your wedding planner won't tell you

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  • 4. I accept kickbacks.

    Some planners offer clients a discounted fee and make up the difference by charging couples' vendors a commission for getting them hired—unbeknownst to the bride and groom. "While it may look as though you're getting a deal, you're ultimately being shortchanged working with someone who's both deceptive and willing to cut corners to benefit themselves," celebrity wedding planner Preston Bailey recently wrote on his blog. Before signing a contract, find out exactly how a planner gets paid to avoid surprises. "You want your vendors to be the best fit for your event—not people a planner recommends because she'll make more money for herself," says Minicucci.

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    5. I can tell if your marriage will last.

    Wedding planning can put relationships to the test, and planners say they can often see how a marriage will turn out by observing the way a couple handles the stress. "There are certain clients I'd love to offer a discount on their second wedding—but of course I don't say a word," says Gilbert. "We had a wedding last summer that was on, then off, then on, then off again. They decided to get married—and there was a hurricane on their wedding day. All I could think was, 'It's a sign!'"

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