(Closed) Some people ruin it for everyone- vent

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 4
Member
1077 posts
Bumble bee

That sounds really frustrating. For what it’s worth though I found your post really interesting, it really helped me understand why vendors charge so much for something that sounds like it should be much cheaper.

Post # 5
Hostess
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

You have had this much drama (and that many weddings) in the two weeks since your own wedding? Doesn’t sound like it is at all worth it if that is the case.

Post # 6
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3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I agree doesn’t seem worth it to me. Also while you are a nice person, you have your own motives just like the brides haggling for prices. I think the best thing to do was to sell them at a reasonable price rather then renting over and over again.

Anyhow that one bride who hung up the phone was awful, and hopefully you don’t run into people like her again. Good Luck!

Post # 7
Member
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

This isn’t the exact same thing, but, when I sell things on Craigslist, I list them for double what I’d actually be happy accepting. It’s human nature to want to haggle over things like wedding vendors or used furniture, so I plan ahead for that. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but, if you’d like to continue to rent, I suggest listing the items slightly higher and save yourself the aggravation. Also, raise the refundable deposit if that’s what you need to make it work. Otherwise, like PP suggested, just go ahead and sell the items and save yourself the hassle.

 

Post # 9
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232 posts
Helper bee

I am a wedding decorator//Florist..It is great to hear from someone getting experience,,The prices we charge as vendors may seem very high,,but it takes many many hours to prepare,,set up take down and clean up from weddings,,we have to constantly replace stained linens,chair covers etc.,,unless you are working in this field its almost impossible to see how much work goes into getting ready for a wedding..how much time is spent meeting with the bride and sometimes the mother father groom etc.,, talking and listening,,emails, faxes, pictures, changes, additions, cancellations,, also as a business we have staff, buildings, vehicles to carry all the decor,,etc,,we also have to charge taxes and pay the government ..I love weddings and the satisfaction I get from knowing Ive made someones day more special,,but we never get paid enough for the work we do..

Post # 11
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5 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Sorry for the headache! I completely understand since I started my own rental business this past year (on top of my regular, pays for my business, job) At first, I wanted to do everything for brides (include setup, delivery, etc). But it is a TON of work. Tying 200 sashes on chairs for free? Thats hours. While you want to give everyone a deal, people don’t realize that we have to wash, iron, and prep everything for their wedding. It was getting to the point, that I would make like a dollar per linen rented after all the time/work. I used to be one of those people who couldn’t understand why some companies charge so much…but I’ve really re-evaluated and have a new found respect for all that they do, especially the small business owner who does it all.

By The Way, those plates were a steal at that price. Anyone trying to haggle down is insane. They start at 6.50 everywhere else. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Post # 14
Hostess
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@kinneybride:  Awwww I see. Sounds like a great plan in theory but with all that frustration I don’t think any monetary benefits are worth the hassle you have described. It is a pity considering you were offering great deals to brides on a budget.

Planning our wedding we were waaaay off when it came to budgeting and our cost tripled what he had originally intended. I can definitely appreciate your point of view when it comes to the hard work that goes into each rental piece.

Post # 15
Member
30 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

 

(When I’m the one who spent thousands of dollars to help out this sweet little bridal community).”

Thank you soooo much, and god, for all that $$$ you have amazingly spent, you didn’t deserve such a hard time. We were super lucky to have someone like you, with all that $$$, that nobody else has, be so thoughtful and generous to help us all out! Everyone should be very thankful to have had you help us out. Shame, shame, shame on them! Hope you feel better πŸ™‚

Post # 16
Member
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

This is why when planning I wanted to rent everything. I would love to be the DIY bride but I would get soooo stressed out and I’m a perfectionist as well so I’m sure there would be a million things I’d have to redo. Fiance doesn’t understand this, he thinks we can just do it all ourselves. We still have 2 years to go but I’m already stressing that the DIY that hubby is supposed to do (like build the cake stand) won’t get done in time.  I’m ok with paying costs for time, materials etc, if it means saving my sanity as well as keeping the gray hairs away.

I’m so sorry you have to deal with all this though. Some brides just want to get everything handed to them and don’t want to take responsibility for taking care of borrowed things. I understand some brides maybe overwhelmed with wedding day stuff and even post wedding stuff but to keep items rented for weeks even after several calls when she knew you had another bride waiting to rent those same items is INSANE!

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