Post # 1
I went to my first bridal expo the other day with my mom, sister, FMIL, MOH, and another bridesmaid. I was very overwhelmed by this event and having so many people with me (will not do that again) but we had fun and I got a bunch of ideas about vendors. Thankfully the bridesmaid with me is married and has been through it and my MOH is in two weddings this summer so knows the ropes of these things. Anyway they of course had prizes going around andd after the fashion show was going to announce the winner of the grandprize 3 day 2 night honeymoon to Jamaica. (short but would have been nice) well anyway..we were getting bored of the show so we went outside to look at the ceremony site and planned to go back in for the drawing (at 9)..8:45 we go to start inside and we see people leaving..to find out the drawing had gone on already. to find out I won…but wasn’t in the room, so they called someone else.
I’m trying to convince myself this is no biggie..it wasn’t where we wanted to go, it was too short, we would have had to pay flight..so really a good thing not to win because we of course would have had to go and now that money can go towards the honeymoon we really want..Ireland. but I’m still having a hard time letting it go.
Post # 3
That’s horrible!!! I would complain to the show organizers that they didn’t follow the rules as stated that the draw was supposed to be at 9, and that you arrived at 8:45 (well in advance IMO) only to find out it was already done and had been given to someone else. That’s ridiculous!!! Personally I’d put up a stink because that’s not fair.
Post # 5
@bakerella: I would have complained as well. That’s BS..
To the OP, I’m glad you have a positive attitude 🙂 Your intended trip will probably be much more amazing because that’s what you guys really want!
Post # 5
@hollaatmad: absolutely not fair! I would put up a fight about this! They broke their own rules!!
Post # 6
I agree with Bakerella… I’ve never heard of that happening before
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2012 - Hollins House at Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz CA
While I do agree that this is unfair…I was just in Jamaica last month and I can tell you that 2 nights in Jamaica wouldn’t really be worth the $500+ plane ticket per person. I LOVED Jamaica but we were there for 7 days and 6 nights.
The first half day there, you’ll be tired and will probably just stay around the hotel. Then you really only have ONE day in Jamaica, and then the next day you’ll be flying back. IMO, not really worth the 2 days of flying and $1000 in flight.
We live in California, so it would just make more sense to use the $1000 flights towards like 4 or 5 days at a beach near us.
If you don’t live by the beach though, and if you live closer to Jamaica (say just a 3 hr flight) it might be worth it.
Post # 8
I have a bit of a different take on this…I won a free ceremony in a location about an hour from where we were going to have it (basically just the ceremony at the venue, no dinner, or bar or anything…just the outdoors). It is in the mountains and totally awesome…BUT…we were going to have it in my parents back yard (beautiful place, overlooking the mountains and the water) and with only 8 people it made sense. (this 8 includes us…LOL). So, now that we are going there we need to spend money on the 2 rooms for 2 nights, food, travel expenses for us and the JP, etc… so in the long run this ‘free’ ceremony is costing us way more than if we had done it ourselves. Part of me keeps thinking that it would have been just as nice and a whole lot cheaper if we hadn’t won (a small part but still there nonetheless). So, I understand completely what you are saying, just the opposite is happening here…enjoy the plans you have made and think of it this way…not many people have the chance to go to Ireland for a honeymoon!
And yes, I agree, I would talk to the organizers but I don’t imagine you will get very far unfortunately!
Post # 9
I agree with your intial thoughts and @jeannes85:. It would’ve been nice, but not long enough and you already have your heart set on Ireland.
I would maybe complain and see if you can get anything, and/or just try to get over it. Keep that positive attitude – you will need it.
Post # 10
thank you, my bridesmaids and mother did complain..and my event coordinator tried to do something for me because I am booked at the venue and the new “winner” was not. She talked to the travel agent who replied “tha is not my problem” and then went to talk to her supervisor who could do nothing and said that ” I had to be in the room” so annoying because I was and had just stepped outside..
A photographer that I had met earlier in the night, felt bad for me and gave me a $25 giftcard to macy’s. I was already thinking about booking with her and this was even more encouraging.