Wedding Vendor Commission / Markup?
Hi all! We are having a destination wedding in Hawaii this fall and were planning to use a day-of coordinator to help us with making sure everything goes smoothly. We were (accidentally, I assume) CC'd on an e-mail thread in which the potential day-of coordinator and our venue coordinator discuss the 30% markup the vendor will pass on to us because the hotel takes a 30% commission for referrals. Is taking a commission this high usual practice? If we use a vendor not referred by our venue manager do we avoid this markup? This seems like a crazy amount - 1/3 higher price just for a referral!