Post # 1
Ok ladies I just need to vent. I attended a Bridal show where I won a photo package that would cover all my photography needs. Now as my wedding day is approching (7/14/10) the photographer has decided that he will not honor the deal. So I am now without a photographer. Being on a budget it is not in my budget. I’m made as hell. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
is this a bridal show that happens every year in your area? There has to be some committee that coordinates this event and maybe if he agreed to sponsor this he is obligated through the show? Maybe contact them and tell them that the vendor will not honor deal, at least that might prevent him from participating in the show again. Did the photographer give a reason why he will not honor deal? Have you tried searching weddingbee for photographers that might be able to help you out?
Sorry I can not be of more help. I hope it works out for you!
Post # 4
wow, this is unacceptable. you won his services..i would definitely take legal action against him and his company, and definitely bring it to the attention of the bridal showcase as well. this is completely unacceptable!
I think you should post his company’s name, just to give other brides a heads up.
Post # 5
Did you sign a contract? If not, I’m not sure there’s anything you can do but contact the bridal show that hosted the contest.
That’s a bummer!!
Hope everything works out!
Post # 6
Although I just came accross this just now it does cause concern. First of all this is the kind of stress you do not need. I know it has been 3 weeks since this was posted, I do hope that you are catching your breath. Although at this point, if they decided to honor their commitment it would be a lose-lose situation. The photographers would be there because they had to, and woud probably do whatever it took to get by and the results would show. On your end, if they honored their commitment after creating so much havoc in your planning . . . . well, how could you even smile when looking into their lens?
You have to move on, as tough as it sounds. You need to start fresh. One idea would be to hold the Bridal show organizers toes to the fire a bit. Ask (1st), suggest (2nd), demand (ultimately) that they find you someone else. Get some names and email addresses and set up some meetings. In those meetings be the type of Bride that photographers want to work with. You are rightfully coming from a “personal space” where you have every right to be upset, but if that “mad as hell” attitude comes to the surface then they might pass or be frightened off.
In your statement you say that “Being on a budget, is not in my Budget.” I apologize for asking – does this mean you ARE on a budget, or are NOT on a budget. If you are not then you really will not have a problem finding someone.
If you are, here are some ideas:
- Check local colleges
- Ask for references from the place of marriage or the place of reception
- Look outside your immediate area. Although I live and work in Redmond, WA. I have traveled all over the place, many times (when I was first starting out) for the cost of travel and a couple days stay in a close by hotel. See if there are any hungry photographers out there who would be willing to travel to LA. It looks very good on a photographers website and Blog.
I am very interested in how this turns out for you, and I hope that someone comes along that makes these challenges all worth it and more.
Post # 7
I agree with CraigLarsen on this one. You will be able to find a nice affordable photographer. And check the local classifieds of a local college or university as well as your newspaper, you might be able to find someone.
As far as this photogrpaher not honoring your win, you might want to go ahead and let him know he made a HUGE mistake but not honoring them and tell him you’re going to file a claim with the better business bureau and post bad information and reviews on every wedding social network you can think of (theknot.com, weddingbee.com, etc). He may relent and do your wedding, but let him know if he does a bad job, he will get just as bad a review.
Post # 8
Thank you ladies for your advise. Let me just give you an update on my photography saga. I work in a high school, and happen to be sitting at lunch with the photography instructor, I asked if he knew any affordable photographers who might be available on short notice (5 weeks to go). I told him about the photographer I had, he is going to shoot my wedding for me for the cost of developing the photos.
Post # 9
That’s a BLESSING-I am so glad that you were able to find a last minute photographer (and for such a great deal)…I do, however, think you should follow up with the photographer backing out. You should contact the Bridal Show organizers, because I am sure that the photographer’s participation in the show was contingent upon or was highly influenced or even negotiated on the FACT that he/she agreed to offer thier services as a part of a contest.
You may want to wait until after your wedding, you have enough on your plate, but keep as much as you can documented (email, paper, electronic) and don’t let him/her steal your joy!!
I pray your wedding day is all that you’ve dreamt…
~*smooches and blessings*~