(Closed) Vendor Regret?

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I kind of regret my reception decision.  We booked it in haste a month after we got engaged and while it’s a beautiful venue, we decided to have the ceremony in our home church – 40 minutes away.  I wish the two locations were closer, but the reason we chose the reception venue was because it was inexpensive compared to other places closer to home.  Now I feel bad for our guests because they’ll be inconvenienced.  :/

Post # 4
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327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum

I’m a little disappointed in my photographer.  I would never tell her that to her face!  But there are so many details that got left out!  Like, for instance, my buffet (which was mostly home-cooked), my guestbook, and my favors, just to name a few.  *sad face*

Post # 7
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2682 posts
Sugar bee

I wouldve had another DJ if I wouldve known how hed be at the reception.  I still love the company, it was just a bad DJ.  Here are just SOME of the things he did:

He played the wrong song for my processional (I REALLY wanted the theme song to Princess Bride and had for a few years.  He played another song from the movie).  He talked badly about us to friends and family saying I was the biggest perfectionist to work with (I talked/emailed him 3 times throughout the planning) and now that I had a drink in me I was easier to work with (I didnt say ONE thing to him about stuff he screwed up).  He also lied about the lighting, saying the color didnt look good so he asked my boss what she thought and she said to use regular lighting not the accent color.  This wasnt true, he told her to tell me I couldnt have the lighting color I wanted.  Oh and he said we had the lamest first dance song ever to one of my BM’s and her FI.  And the music stopped a couple times during dinner between songs for minutes at a time.  Where was he to fix it? Dont know. 

I think the problem was that since I am “in the business” he thought he could treat me like a friend when I wanted to be treated like a client.  And he probably shouldve done even better than he wouldve with someone else since I can recommend or not recommend him to people.

Post # 8
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2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I kinda regret my decision on florists. I should have gone with the woman who had the better portfolio and said she would work with my budget. The flowers I had turned out beautifully, but I think I could have gotten a much better value if I’d chosen the other vendor.

Post # 9
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233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale

I would have hired a professional DOC.

Post # 10
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350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Our string quartet!  They were very resistant to working with us before the wedding — we arranged a listening session with them two weeks before the wedding to hear the special arrangements we’d requested, only to be told after we arrived that they hadn’t started working on our music yet!  The head of the group would tell us that he was “sorry to concern [us]” but that the quartet had “played many weddings” and “never failed to delight.”  I should have insisted that someone from the group attend the rehearsal — we offered extra money if someone would come, but they said it wasn’t necessary.

Well, on the day of the wedding, they screwed up our processional!  They were supposed to play 3 songs, one after the other, but instead they restarted Song 1 when the bridesmaids started up the aisle.  They realized their mistake, stopped Song 1, and started Song 2, but it was very noticeable that they’d totally botched it.  Not the worst thing that could have happened, obviously, but we worked so hard on the music selection, and I was really disappointed that they did such an amateurish job with our processional!  If I had it back to do again, I might have fired them after that “listening session” if we could find someone else who was still available, even if we had to change our music.

Post # 12
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350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

KateMW, the best thing I can tell you when booking vendors is that the way a vendor acts before the wedding usually reflects the kind of job they’ll do at the wedding (at least it did for me!).  The vendors who were responsive to my questions and followed through on what they said they’d do were awesome.  The two who were a PITA to work with (the woman who printed our invites, and the string quartet) ended up justifying my concerns with further poor performance.

If you’re at all uncertain, keep the deposit small, and don’t be afraid to fire anyone if they’re in charge of something important and giving you attitude or ignoring you!

Post # 13
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2001

Very helpful ladies! Thanks so much. MelissaB, yours was especially helpful to hear as I am currenly searching for musicians for our ceremony. I was going to try to save money, but now I realize that I wouldn’t want that to happen and think I might not mind paying top dollar!

Post # 14
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350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

krae, I think as long as whoever you hire is willing to come to the rehearsal, you’ll be fine!  For us, the problem wasn’t cost (they were less expensive than many other groups, but I wouldn’t call them cheap), it was more about their attitude — they were all recently graduated with masters’ degrees in music, and I slowly came to realize that they thought playing weddings was easy and beneath their talent.  (They were *extremely* talented, I’ll give them that, just not very professional!)  Find someone who’s enthusiastic about weddings and takes your music seriously!

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