(Closed) Vendor email with bad grammar

posted 11 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
3282 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Ugh, I have a vendor that has had some weirdly phrased emails, but I think I am overly critical when it comes to grammar because of my degree (in PR, lots of technical writing).  It is kind of unprofessional, but if you can, I’d try and give them a call/visit their place of business and see if it carries over.

Post # 4
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Oh man, I hate that! I’m such a stickler for grammar and spelling that it would really bother me if a vendor sent me an email like that. It’s just so unprofessional!!

I would definitely have a problem with it, but I do think that you should try to talk with them in person (or on the phone) and see if they still seem unprofessional. But, I would definitely take something like that into consideration when making the final decision! 

Post # 5
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

It would really bother me too and its very unprofessional.  But the limo driver that you would be using probably isn’t the same person that is answering the emails.  I’ll talk to them to see if you can get a better read on the situation.  

Post # 6
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

That’s a potential dealbreaker for me, personally- if their grammar is consistently bad, I’m not sure if I can trust them to be on top of other things. I agree with texasmeredith- call them and see if they’re a little more focused then.

Post # 7
4479 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

For some reason a lot of vendors (and people in general) seem to have this problem. If there is not a problem when you speak to them, I wouldn’t worry about it. I mean, I would worry about it–it would make me crazy!–but it’s AMAZING to me how many people I come across with no ability to construct coherent sentences in writing.

Post # 8
469 posts
Helper bee

Uh oh! Which limo company?? Wink I already hired one and I hope it’s not them!

Post # 9
10216 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I wonder if they were emailing from their cell phone or something like that, my grammar doesn’t tend to be the best if I am rushed and emailing from my blackberry.  I’d say cut them some slack, but if it continues, eww!

Post # 10
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

It would bother me a little but I wouldn’t base their ability to perform with just that.  I think it’s more important for them to be polite and professional in manner.  It also depends on what the vendor does, i.e. I wouldn’t want to hire a calligrapher or printing company who does a lot of typos or make grammatical errors.  I think it’d bother me more if they don’t write in “internet speak” than regular typos/grammatical errors.  I actually rejected a photographer recently because of her email address me as “J” (WTH?!) , and wrote out Friday as “Fri” and “night” as “nite”.  UGH Could not stand that.  Turned her down quickly.

Post # 11
1700 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

One of my biggest pet peeves!!!!!!!! agh! However, a nurse that works at our hospital emailed a coworker of mine today and said “it was nice to meat you today”…but I do know that she’s a good nurse! So I guess as long as people are still good at their job, we will just have to deal LOL.

Post # 13
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

I think it’s awfully unprofessional (I have a bachelors degree in English) and it would be very irritating, but remember they are driving your limo, not writing our your invitations. If they speak well on the phone and have a good reputation, then I’d overlook it and not write them off right off the bat.

Post # 14
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

UGH I HATE this. My photographer has a hundred misspellings on her blog. Makes them look really stupid! However..,.he is just a limo driver so it’s not a big deal; i doubt you’ll have tons and tons of correspondence with him. That being said, it still drives me up a flippin wall

Post # 15
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Although many grammatical errors are annoying, keep in mind that English might be his or her second language.  My fiance is from Sweden and most people can hardly tell he has an accent anymore because he speaks perfect English.  He still makes many grammatical errors in writing though. 

For me it would depend on what the vendor is for… if it were someone making my invitations, I would probably be scared that everything would be spelled wrong… if it were a limo driver, I probably wouldn’t mind… although I understand it looks unprofessional.

Post # 16
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


this made me laugh because I am a total spaz about grammar and spelling and copy-editing! I definitely stick up my nose when something is riddled with errors. If the price is great, try googling reviews to make sure they’re legit. Good luck! 

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