I found this article that I have to share. I am not sharing it to make anyone feel bad! I just want to make that clear. However, I am sharing because I hope couples will understand that we (Event Planners) are good at our job and to please respect us :).
With that said.......I understand that times are tough and sometimes couples feel as if they are being taken advantage of. You need a DJ so you will pay what they are asking or I want great photos so I will pay that fee as well. I don't want to be stressed on the day of wedding because so will "you" do if for me? YOU CHARGE WHAT!!! I will have my BFF do it instead.
This article from Positively Wed and I hope most couples after reading it understand that we (most of us) are NOT here to take advantage of you.