Post # 1
After the proposal June 2012, we started planning and getting ideas for the wedding. Once we picked the date, we wanted to get the place and other important vendors in line. We made calls to several locations, and had several vendors not return calls/e-mails and/or call back 1-2 weeks later. Part of our decision for our venue was that they were very responsive and helpful with questions we had.
Is it the fact that I’ve worked in retail for 10+ years, or is this just bad business practice? Has anyone else had problems with vendors not returning calls or not being very helpful?
Most recently, I visited a greenhouse to talk about flowers for the wedding. They said they would get me a quote in the next 2-3 days… it’s been 10 days now, and still no word. I did stop back, and she said she just hadn’t gotten to it yet. (No sorry or reason why.) Needless to say, I won’t be hiring her.
Post # 3
Yup, it’s annoying but it helps weed out the people you don’t want to work with. It’s just rude that people waste your time or don’t bother getting back to you. I had several caterers that couldn’t be bothered to get me a quote.
Post # 4
not all vendors i contacted got back to me in a reasonable amount of time.
but every vendor that i signed with has gotten back to me within a day for every email i have sent.
Post # 5
It’s not just you. I actually just ran into an issue with my hair/makeup. Due to scheduling conflicts, our engagement shoot had to be done on a Sunday (this Sunday coming up actually). I called my normal stylist to see if she would be willing to work on a Sunday, do my hair and makeup as a mini-trial for the wedding. I called over a month in advance, and made it very clear that if this goes well, I’d like to hire her for the wedding to do my hair/makeup, and likely for the bridesmaids, MOB and MOG. Oh, and I was more than willing to pay whatever she asked. The answer was a resounding no. I ended up calling multiple salons, all with the same answer. Which really concerned me about making any special requests for the wedding. Seriously, if you won’t take $400 for an hour and a half of work, what the hell is wrong with you?
Eventually, I found a place that was not only good with Sunday hours, they gave me the # and email of their wedding coordinator, they’re able to have multiple stylists come out to the hotel the morning of the wedding, whatever I need.
It’s a great way to weed out crappy vendors though. I never thought I’d have a problem with people refusing to take my money.
Post # 6
@MariContrary: That’s crazy. I can’t believe you had that many people turn you down. I do wedding alterations on the side. I don’t like working on Sundays, but always do it when needed. Good luck with your plans!
Post # 7
I didn’t hire any vendor that was unresponsive or took too much time to get back to me. I want people who want to work with me… I am not begging them for their service I am paying them so they should at leat act interested.