- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
Not long now to go now 🙂
We are having a private ceremony whilst on holiday in Greece and having a reception for all of our family and friends when we return. I’ve pretty much managed to plan our whole wedding + 5 week holiday + party + honeymoon etc. without any stress, except for finding out that hardly ANY of FI’s family are coming… that was upsetting… However, I was beginning to worry a bit about the limo’s. It was just one of those things that kept popping into my mind and I couldn’t help but think – this isn’t going to work.
My sister (and MOH) had put a deposit down of $400 for 3 limos that I booked aaaaaaaaaages ago. It was to be her wedding gift to us and they were going to cost her a whopping $800! (3 limos for one hour each). Someone spending that sort of money on me makes me feel – weird. But my sis (bless her cotton socks) kept assuring me it would be fine every time I suggested cancelling so I didn’t push the subject. I had a look at their cancellation fees online and it worked out that we’d lose 80% anyway. But, I still kept thinking… this isn’t going to work. The whole idea was that the limos would come at about 11:30pm to pick everyone up and take us to a nightclub for a party after our party. I just wanted to make sure that everyone left the restaurant before closing time and didn’t go back to the hotel and trash the place – they have my credit card details.
Unfortunately, when I originally booked the limos, I’d said 10:30pm pickup, but since then we changed venues for our reception and the pickup time was pushed back later. The limo guy said that his drivers are paid double-time after midnight so it may cost more, so we agreed to have the limos pick everyone up at 11pm – even though we can actually have the restaurant until midnight. Another big bummer which was playing on my mind was that there was only enough seats in the limos for half of our party. I thought, half will come out and half will probably want to go home. This is a HUGE assumption. I realise that now.
Well, I spoke to my sister on the weekend and told her EXACTLY how I feel. She was fine with it. What was I so worried about? I should have said something ages ago. So I sucked it up and wrote an email, keeping in mind that their website says that we would have to pay $220 for EACH car we cancelled.:
We currently have 3 limos booked but now only require the one. My sister has transferred $400 already & she is happy for you to keep the whole amount for the car we still need. Can u please let me know if we are able to cancel the other 2 cars for the 21st July. My sister would like to call you tomorrow to discuss but just thought I’d find out if it’s ok first. The car we still require should be booked for 21st July, pickup is at 131 Macquarie st Sydney @ 11pm, for 1 hour. I really appreciate your understanding and assistance and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.
He wrote back:
We can cancel the other 2 cars now and keep just one car and leave it at the $400 that has already been paid, with no more cancellation fees.
I totally think $400 for the one car is worth it to avoid a logistical nightmare. My sister is just happy that I am happy, plus I saved her $400. We are now going to have one limo pick up the bridal party at 11pm, we’ll go get some more photos with the limo and the Sydney city lights, and meet up with the rest of our party at the nightclub after party party at 12pm. I’ll order a bunch of MAXI taxi’s to pick up the rest of our party between 11:15pm – 12pm and they can choose whether they’d like to go home or go out partying.
Have you ever had to cancel something that was worth paying the cancellation fees for so everything would work out fine in the end..?