What’s your first job in the morning? For us, we check our emails, we log in to facebook, checkout the twitter and peruse Instagram. I’m sad to say that over the past few months it seems to be every other day that we see a status or story about Brides and Grooms being let down. Let down by companies who have taken these people’s (hard-earned) money and disappeared of the face of the planet!
It actually turns my stomach how this can still happen in today’s age. It makes me so angry that someone could be so heartless. It’s not just venue décor, it’s also DJ’s, Cake Makers, and today, a bridal boutique. There are now brides getting married in a few weeks’ time with no dress! I cannot begin to think how much upset this has caused!
But if I’m being truly honest, as much as it pains me that unsuspecting brides and grooms have found themselves in this position, I cannot help but grow anxious over how this damages the companies that are not being dishonest and are running their business because it makes them happy doing what they love. In a nutshell – making your dream wedding come true.
We’ve been contacted a few times in the last few weeks to help these poor people and whilst we were pleased to be in position where we could help and be part of their special day, it’s still frustrating that other people have potentially put a bit of downer on these Weddings (although some of Brides have been incredibly brave and we have nothing but respect for their resolve and determination to make it their best day ever!)
So whilst we will try our best to help, it is not always possible. We figured therefore on giving you all some solid advice before booking these companies.
- If the offer looks too good to be true…. It normally is. Whilst companies do have special offers and sales, us included. Potential tells are looking to see if they have lots of special offers on. You should ask yourself why? How can they offer such low prices? The truth could be they have no intention of ever providing their service. So the next time you see a full package with venue décor, a DJ, a 5 tier cake for a bargain price, ask yourself why and how?
- Check reviews of a company, ask family and friends for recommendations, speak to your venue, visit wedding fayres! (This one is important, legitimate companies will pay to exhibit, the facebook companies, they won’t. It’s not worth the investment, because in 1 months’ time, they will be gone)
- Check the companies website, visit their showroom/business premises. Those suppliers with a showroom or working from home (us included) will welcome you, they will not let you down, and guess what, if we did – you’d know where to find us!
- Ask suppliers you have already booked, we will speak the truth.
It’s worth noting though that some companies will go into administration despite their efforts. However, we still maintain that these companies have a responsibility to look after your interests and your money.
I worry that this is the second blog that could be considered as negative, but we want to stop these small facebook companies ruining brides and grooms special day!
We have a whole range of excellent suppliers we can recommend so please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help!
Love Claire xx