Unfortunately, with my taking time off from the site leading into our wedding, my follow up to Vendor Potluck post, was left without conclusion!
I am sorry to report, it is indeed, a sad tragedy… As I feared, the person that I had hired out to do a small sewing job for us, went completely awol. I emailed & called this person to no avail. At first, I honestly didn’t want to believe it. I like to give each person the benefit of the doubt, especially when it comes to professional services. When I first found this vendor, they were communication forward, & totally available. This was also a heavy part of why I ultimately went with them for this job. It took less then 48 hours of non-returned phone calls/VM’s & emails to realize this person was clearly trying to duck me. Its a horrible feeling really. Who needs this kind of drama and ultimately confrontation? I am not afraid of confrontation, but seriously!?
My fiance and I realized that perhaps this person was simply too keen to my phone number, and purposely ducking just my number, and not wiped clean from this earth after all! As it turned out, that was sadly, exactly right. When my fiance called from his cell, this person answered right away, and well, lets just say one hell of a confrontation ensued. I have no intention of speaking ill about this person. I will simply say that they clearly have some life problems & it was evident about 60 seconds into the call, that we were not to be doing business together. Very strongly, my fiance let this person know that he would be coming by later in the day to pick our fabric back up and that was to be that. I am sad to report that it was not without some fan fare later that evening, that my fiance did ultimately get our burlap back.
I wish I could say there was some grand life lesson, some great wedding/event planning lesson to be gleamed from this. Honestly, maybe I am missing it, but I cant say that there is. When we hire someone for a job, hire a new employee, a planner, a florist, a contractor, you name it, you expect people to be honest and forthright. You anticipate that the items on their resume, the references they list, their portfolios are legit & are a true reflection of who they are professionally speaking and what you can expect from them. Sadly, human nature is and always will be human nature. For the most part in life, people are who they say they are. There are always those however, whether its intentional or not, that can do you harm, or at the very least, make your life very difficult. The best I can simply advise, is the things in life you do, always leave yourself enough to get out of trouble, if you do indeed get into it. Our saving grace was that this was not something I had left until the last minute, so I had to time to figure out how to get this worked out.
The other thing I will say I did learn, always ask for help, even if you dont necessarily think your barking up the right tree. After this situation unfolded we actually reached out to the company that was supplying all our rentals for our wedding, Weddings, Tents & Events. This wasnt something that really fell under their umbrella but we had hoped that at the very least, maybe they would know which way to turn or someone they could recommend. And guess what, as it turned out, they did, and they were great!
I wont let this sad tragedy scare me off for the future. There are a lot of advantages to finding independent contractors for work, and clearly some risks. All I can say is that I will do my best to vette them better moving forward!