- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I want to share an experience we had with a vendor and maybe save other brides from some stress. Over a year ago I contracted with a florist in Columbus, Ohio for ceremony and reception flowers. The florist had been in business for nineteen years and had no complaints filed against them with the Better Business Bureau (I checked this prior to signing the contract). I paid the intial deposit to reserve their services for the wedding date, then within a few months I paid the entire balance of $2,045.00. I thought by paying off vendors as I was able, it would cause less stress as the wedding approached. Three weeks ago, with just a couple months until the wedding I received a phone call from the florist’s assistant informing me that the shop had closed during the past week. I was told that refund checks would be put in the mail by the end of the week. Three weeks passed with no refund check, then I received notice that the shop owner had filed for bankrupcty. Now I will not be able to recover any part of the money I paid (I have spoken with an attorney regarding the situation). With just a few months to go and no additional money budgeted for flowers, I am doing my best to find an alternative. I never anticipated that this would happen. I thought that paying off vendors as quickly as possible would make things less stressful. Saddly, this was not the case. Looking back I wish I would have considered wedding insurance. I also wish that I would have waited until the last possible date to pay off balances due. Future brides, please be aware that a signed contract won’t always insure that you will receive the services you paid for, nor will it guarentee a refund if a company files bankruptcy.