Post # 1
So long story short… I have friends who own a video company and specialize in weddings. When we were engaged, they OFFERED to do the video if we paid for plane tickets, food, and lodging, which we did, happily. They were our military friends and we made an agreement, so we didn’t use a contract. I wish we would have… i used contracts for every other thing at my wedding… it’s coming up on a year of us being married and we’ve never received anything. We were given a link to watch the video online, which is now gone. I went as far as to mail them an expensive external hard drive, at their request, and still have received nothing. They won’t respond to messages, I’m not sure what to do without being extreme or pissing them off to the point they shut us out. Does anyone have any advice??
Post # 2
Have they requested more from you? Are they refusing to give you the video, or are they already going no contact? What is the problem? Do you have any email or other correspondence from them before the wedding?
Do you think they actually have the video, or do you think something messed up and they lost it?
Is there any other way that you can contact them through other means than what you have been doing?
Post # 3
My minimal Judge Judy-esque legal knowledge tells me you’ve gotta have some proof, something in writing to show what the agreement was (email, text, whatever). If you do I’d send them an email saying “I’d really hate to make this a legal issue, but we paid $438.52 for your planet ticket, food, and lodging, as per our agreement, and sent a $59.48 hard drive to you, and we haven’t received the video. So we’re gonna need either the video or the 498 bucks or we’ll have to consult with an attorney.”
If you have absolutely nothing documenting your agreement then honestly I’d only use the word “legal” or mention consulting an attorney if you’re confident that they’re not too bright and might not know you don’t have a case.
Post # 4
I don’t know that you can really do anything as this was a verbal contract among friends. I didn’t get a video of my wedding either (long story, different situation). Eventually, we just accepted that we wouldn’t have a video of our wedding day. It was very disappointing but we just cut our losses and moved on. We have beautiful pics and great memories. After a year I’m not sure how much more time and energy you want to put into this. Sounds like these “friends” really took advantage of you guys. The only other reason I can think of is that they messed up, no longer have the video, and are afraid to tell you? But then why ask for an expensive hard drive?