(Closed) "friendors"

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

My sister had a friend who takes excellent photos (but only as a hobby) do her pictures, for free as a wedding gift.  He took some nice ones of the ceremony, of family, and of bride+groom shots after the ceremony – but he pretty much stopped taking them after that.  So they don’t really have any really nice ones of the reception, decor/scene, etc.  A potential risk…

Post # 4
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986 posts
Busy bee

If you think they’re unreliable now, I wouldn’t book them for the wedding. The extra stress just wouldn’t be worth it to me!

Post # 6
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3574 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would use a friendor for the cake and DJ, but never for photography.

Post # 7
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743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I second what Miss Otter says: if you are having doubts….and especially since you are paying them….then go with someone you can trust (by looking at reviews online).  Chances are, as the wedding gets closer, you are going to get stressed out (most of us do), and the last thing you want to do is knowingly bring another source of stress (i.e. unreliable friendors) into the picture!

Post # 9
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9489 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would never use a friend for photography unless they were a professional, but I want excellent photos and am not willing to settle for someone who isn’t as good.  And even DJ and cake…I would never get one I didn’t trust completely.  It’s not worth the hassle to me if something goes wrong.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Vegas Wedings

@SpicyThaiLove:  I would be OK if this was their profession and I was getting a discount. But if it was free or it wasnt what they “do”, I would find someone else.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I used friendors for flowers and for my invitations. The flowers were a wedding gift and they turned out great (she’s a really close friend), but the invitations were a nightmare. She was not a super close friend to begin with, and we paid her (she gave a small discount)…but needless to say I have no problem with never seeing or talking to her again.

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