Some days your the bug, some days your the windshield. Wedding planning is no different, trust me! An even more fitting phrase might be 2 Steps forward, 1 Step back.
I currently am having the pleasure of what I like to lovingly refer to as vendor potluck surprise. When your planning any kind of event, especially one that you personally are handling all the details for, even the littlest ones, there are some tasks that simply aren’t met by your standard vendor. Enter, the Craigslist of Doom. I kid I kid. Craigslist is great for anything from finding a place to live, to game day tickets, to services needed. That is the area of my vendor potluck. Granted the task is an extra add on type thing, something we could have done without, or more so simply gotten standard linens for. However, we had a vision and we wanted to make it real. So I suppose one could argue I brought this on myself, haha.
I posted an ad, got a response, corresponded back and forth many times & finally an accord was struck and my fiance was off to deliver the fabric. As such began the adventure. Let’s leave it to say that he had quite the entertaining time when he dropped the material off, & was questioning a tad my decision. With all the back and forth however, that I had exchanged with the vendor, I felt confident it would be OK. I called the following day, following up on the work that was required, ensuring we were all on the same page. The conversation was left that we were to talk that coming weekend, and see a sample.
The weekend came and went without a word. I emailed…..nothing. Hum, I thought, odd for someone that was great at responding before. Not wanting to seem stalkeresque, I waited a day to attempt to contact again. This time I called, was able to have another phone conversation, again making plans to meet the following day. Today is the following day, and the clock is ticking down. I have now tried a few times, calling, to no avail. I am beginning to wonder if it is a simple case of flakiness, that will ultimately work itself out, or ?
That is the really difficult part about hiring out work like this. It seems so up in the air, and there is no safety net. There is nothing to guard you if you do end up getting, well, screwed. Its not like I can call Craigslist and say Hey! Do something about this!! I am hoping that I hear something soon, it does all work out, and that will simply be that. At least on the bright side, I still have just a tad over 3 weeks. If this thing really does fall through, I have time to scramble. I will be out material, but lets be honest, it could be way worse.
You gotta love Vendor Potluck & being at the mercy of others….