She’s making a list, checkin’ it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice, Future Mrs. G is coming to town …
Is it okay to combine a Christmas song with a wedding theme the week after New Year’s? In this case, it is, because I. Just. Did. That.
The list I’m referring to in the catchy jingle above is my never-ending wedding to-do list. So far, this is what I’ve completed:
- got engaged
- booked a photographer
- booked a caterer/cake person
- booked the church/reception hall
- booked a DJ
- bought a wedding dress
- picked out bridesmaids dresses
- booked a honeymoon (!)
- bought wedding shoes
- had several panic attacks/nightmares
- sent out save-the-dates
- made fabulous homemade wedding invitations
- booked a rehearsal dinner site
- a few other miscellaneous things
WHEW! And I’m not even close to being done!
Some notes on wedding vendors
The naughty or nice people I’m referring to in the above jingle are the … dun dun dun … wedding vendors.
In my experience so far, wedding vendors have been a bit … shady. They are generally hard to work with and their prices usually always include that ridiculous wedding mark-up. They’re all sweet, caring, and interested when they’re trying to win your business, but as soon as you put down the deposit, things change. (This has happened to me in every case except with my caterer, who has been super nice and helpful.)
What the hell happened to customer service in this industry? I thought everyone was supposed to be graveling at my feet and trying to make the bride happy? This hasn’t been the case for me and I think I know why: I care about my budget. The word “budget” to wedding vendors is like garlic, holy water, or sunlight to vampires; they hear it and start to melt or a look of horror covers their face like they’re about to spontaneously combust. What a bunch of drama queens.
Why I walked out on a potential florist
Next up on my wedding to-do list is the florist. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: flowers are about the least important aspect of my wedding day. Yes, I know I could go with fake flowers, but even though flowers don’t mean much to me, I still want real ones.
So, a friend recommended a florist to me. I contacted her and she was very accommodating and sweet until our first meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, I stopped her in her sales pitch and told her I wanted to get the budget straightened out before we began.
“$750,” I said.
She shook her head and said she couldn’t do it. (Mind you, that amount was ONLY for 6 bouquets and 10 boutonnieres.)
Then, I asked her what she could do for $1,000.
She said no. She said she couldn’t do my bouquets and boutonnieres for a grand.
Knowing that I still needed flowers for the cake, too, I ended up walking out. I thanked her for her time and wished her well in her business and left.
When I got to my car, I called a local grocery store who said they could do my entire wedding for $750 or less.
- If something doesn’t matter much to you (like flowers), don’t go to a professional or a small business. They might do better work, but they’ll charge more.
- When someone doesn’t work with your budget, walk out. Someone else WILL.
- Never ever ask G to buy you flowers ever again because they are overpriced and a waste of money. 😉
I’m very happy I decided to go with a grocery store for the wedding flowers. This particular grocery store is well-known for their wedding flowers, cakes, and catering, so I know they’ll do a good job. And the fact that it fits into my budget is just the icing on the wedding cake.
What do you think you would splurge or skimp on for your wedding?