Groomsmen Stuck with Unexpected Limo Bill

posted 2 years ago in Money
Post # 2
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2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Dang. That’s unfortunate and you have every right to be annoyed, but as far as expecting any type of reimbursement, I think you’re SOL. The contractor shouldn’t have booked it, but he did, so it’s not the limo company’s fault for showing up to a job.

I’m sorry. $150 is nothing to sneeze at, but it was a very sweet thing that you did for your friends on their special day so hopefully that makes up for it, even if just a little.

Post # 3
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681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That’s really unfortunate, but I guess what’s done is done, and it’s probably not worth the trouble to try and get reimbursed.  If they had found out it wasn’t paid for, they should have just sent the limo away and said it was a mistake, but I don’t think there is much you can do now. I’d be annoyed and frustrated too, so I’m sorry you had to deal with this. 

Post # 4
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312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I don’t know, if that was my grocery money, as I am hard up for cash as it too, i would politely ask the groom about it. Test the water and see what he says.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Stace126:  Unfortunately, what’s done is done. Your husband voluntarily forked up the money. What really should have happened was the groom or one of the GM say to the limo driver, “Sorry, we’re all sorted. Who sent you anyway?”. If it was an unexpected gift, why wasn’t it paid for already? No one was thinking straight (Partly understandable given the chaos of a wedding day). The guys certainly shouldn’t have gone to get money to pay for a random limo which turns up. 

You’re right to be mad, but I don’t see what can be done about it.

Post # 7
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9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ouch. That totally sucks. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s much to do about it now. It would have been better if they just sent the limo on it’s way. But since the groomsmen decided to pay, I don’t think you can put this on the limo company or the groom. It totally sucks, but your husband put himself in this situation by agreeing to pay, at the time. It’s awful and, if I was the couple, I would feel bad and probably offer to pay. But I don’t think you can really ask the groom to pay, because it’s not any more his fault. And I doubt you’d get anywhere with the limo company since they took the service. Sorry!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think you guys ( or really the groomsmen and groom) are on the hook for the limo payment because no one bothered to check if the limo had been paid for or who hired it. If they’d asked before using the services, they would have found out that it wasn’t paid for. Anyone who rode in it should chop in an equal amount (groom included). Everyone had an equal chance to say “where did this come from.” But no one did.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Stace126:  Either the couple or the contractor should reemburse you.  If I were the bride in this situation, I’d be mortified and pay the GMs back.

The groom should def talk to the contractor.  What if he did pay and the limo company is screwing you over.  Things like that happen all the time.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Stace126:  Why do you think the limo company should reimburse the guys?  The groom should do it before the company IMO.  The GM made the final decision to keep the limo and pay for it, which was nice, but if your husband couldn’t afford it, he shouldn’t have agreed to pitch in, or only offered an amount that was affordable.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Stace126:  I prob wouldn’t ask the groom to pay me back either, but I sure as hell would remember that he never did.  I think is is primarily his fault.  He didn’t book a limo casue it was too expensive, (imo it is his responsibility to arrage transport for his GM) but when one shows up he’s just happy to go for a ride no questions asked?  The GMs were just trying to save the day.  What the hell was the groom thinking.  He sounds either naive or very selfish.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Stace126:  Someone should probably confirm that the limo WASN’T paid for. Maybe you did, but there could have been a mix up where the driver didnt know it was already covered, or (unlikely) lied to get cash.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Stace126:  ugh. That’s awful. I learned the hard way never to cover something you never contracted for, unless you can afford NOT to get paid back. 

Hopefully the bride and groom pay you back but I wouldn’t count on it!

Post # 14
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143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

if the server brings out lobster after I ordered soup I cannot eat the lobster entirely up and then ask to pay only for the soup.  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

That sucks, but I don’t know if there’s much you can do- they all basically agreed to pay by forking over the $150- you can’t really retroactively decide to take that back. Certainly the limo company does not owe anyone anything. As far as they’re concerned, they were booked, showed up and provided a service and it’s not their problem if someone else booked the limo/the groomsmen don’t really want to pay for it, you know?

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