Post # 1
Our wedding is in one week. We have been leaving our florist messages for a week straight and she has not answered any of them!!! ~3 weeks ago we signed our contract and paid her, and she told us she wanted to meet with us one more time before the wedding. We met with her about 4 times before that.
She is a very well respected florist with a solid reputation for her artistic abilities and has been arranging flowers here for something like 30 years. Her personality IS ditzy so I am (sadly) not that surprised that we can’t find her right now, and I suspect that she WILL show up on the wedding day and do everything that she has committed to.
However, I do keep asking myself, what if she doesn’t!!!!!! We are trying to find her to give her last minute updates which are important. What if we get to the day before the wedding and haven’t heard from her, and have to go buy a bunch of flowers and vases from the dollar store last minute to pull things off. First off, that plan SUCKS in itself. THEN, what if we do all that and somehow she shows up at the wedding with everything? I guess the worst case is there are way too many flowers and way too much effort and $$$ put into things…
This is what we get for going with someone affiliated with a school rather than a flower shop I guess 🙁
Post # 3
Is there anyone else you can contact to help you get a hold of her. Maybe explain your situation and that you want to check that nothing happened to her? Or maybe she went out of town this week?
Post # 4
Dont call go into the shope when you know she will be there. You know that she is ditzy she probably just isnt remembering to call you back etc. So just go pay her a visit.
Post # 5
@organizedbride11: I agree. I’d head straight to the store to see if she was there. If she wasn’t, at least there’s usually another worker that can help you. I’m kind of really forgetful so I’ll read/listen to a message and if I don’t make a respond that minute or make a note to respond then I’ll forget about it.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
@organizedbride11: I completely agree. You need to get in touch with her, and if she’s not answering her phone or returning your messages, then I think it’s best to find her in-person. It’s a pain, but you do not want to be worrying if she’s going to leave you high and dry on your wedding day, especially since you already paid her and thus can’t just go out and find someone else.
I still can’t believe how many vendors are so unprofessional. Fiance and I just switched caterers because the one we hired wouldn’t respond to our calls or emails for three weeks straight! Thankfully we’d hadn’t given them a deposit yet (part of why we were calling–duh!), so we decided to go with another more responsive vendor. They are so much better, and we feel so much less stressed. And they’re even giving us a better deal for more food! Yay!
Post # 7
Thanks everyone. I ended up calling everyone I could think of who was connected to her in some way (she doesn’t have a store). Thankfully it WORKED and she got calls from two of the people who I left messages with and called me back. Apparently she had pneumonia and had been sleeping for the whole week–not a great thing for any one of us. She assured us that she was feeling much better now that they figured out what the problem was and she was on antibiotics.
The flowers were gorgeous for the most part, and she did find us a whole week before the wedding. Glad it worked out. At the wedding she told my mom that she was still feeling pretty bad, so…I don’t know, I guess that is just a risk that we took.
It does speak to the problems of (1) only having one contact number for someone (when she called us after writing this post the first thing we did was get two more numbers for her), and (2) hiring someone who does not work for a shop with whom other people are affiliated. We had previously asked her what if she were to get sick, etc and she assured us that she has other people to help her if needed–however, I don’t know how she would have communicated to those people if she had been too sick to even get up for another week…
alls well that ends well 🙂