I can not BELIEVE what vendors get away with

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Sigh… I’m well too aware of the badly formulated contracts. It sucks when you’re presented with something where the first line is contradictory to the fourth line… So you read it and realize that you could interpret things in a wide variety of ways – of which yours will be way more accommodating than the vendors. Stage set for trouble.

Post # 5
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2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MissMeowMeow:  The vendors that act like that, have to in order to get some business otherwise people will realize that they are not worth even a penny in what they offer or provide. 

If you’re finding vendors acting that way, find someone else. Not one of our vendors had any problems giving us full disclosure before a contract was even considered to be signed. 

Post # 6
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3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

No, you’re not alone! We have that exact problem with the venue where we might have the reception. I say may – as we’re trying to back out of it. It’s just been a complete mess from beginning to end. Unfortunately, it was my dad who was in charge of the negotiations in the beginning (he’s on site, we’re not) and I didn’t see the mess of a contract until he had already signed it. It’s all been a huge headache!

Post # 8
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2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MissMeowMeow:  Just keep looking, vendors that act unprofessional like that before you even sign the contract are only going to be worse after signing the contract. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The entire wedding industrial complex is a huge racket, and because so many people are making decisions based on emotions (and are trying to keep up with what the TV says they “need”), the vendors can get away with it. The make-up artist I was negotiating with charged a $25 appointment fee. Not a deposit to be applied to the final bill, but an additional “hold the date” fee, which she tried to rationalize as being nominal and as doing the bride a favor so as not to have to put a large deposit down so far in advance. I found it so unprofessional and unethical that I ended the negotiation.

I’ve also amended in some way almost every contract I’ve signed.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Agreed 100%! Getting married in what is the dead of winter here, I’ve had vendors insist that I have to book them ASAP or they’ll be unavailable. Really? it’s a ghost town when it comes to weddings at this time of year. Our venue gave us trouble (changing prices, rescinding on items agreed upon) until we reminded them that we are not a June wedding. Vendors really do tend to take advantage of emotions. Yes, everyone needs to earn a living – but not at my expense.

Post # 12
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396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve found a lot of Google generic contracts. When i was reviewing contracts for a DJ they all had the same generic google contracts. They just inserted their name in the header. I found the Muscians and the cake vendors to be the most pushy and the be “completely booked so act now to reserve your spot”.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I had one florist give me a price breakdown for bouquets, boutinieres, and corsages that he wrote on a piece of paper in front of me, and then told me I can leave a deposit and come back in a month to pick the flowers from his fridge. Um.. no! I bought silk flowers online and made my own bouquets. How can you give an accurate quote without even knowing what flowers would be used? You can’t expect me to believe that bouquets of just roses would cost the same as orchids and peonies. I think that vendors need to be paid a reasonable expense because this is their living, but don’t gouge me just because it’s for a wedding.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I read a really good point in a Bridal book.

They aren’t going to be dealing with YOU again personally, so they get to feeling like they can completely fleece your ish and get away with it. Sure, word of mouth referrals are important, but they get away with enough BS that it’s OK with them. Gross.

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