Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I Regret It!

I can't work with every bride, everywhere. I know that. But there are some weddings that you think after they leave your office that you just need to work with that couple! And I mean NEED! You totally fall head over heals in love with them.

And that is how it was with Erika and Jeff, I just knew it was destiny. Well, a series of events occured and we couldn't work together. After the wedding, I got word that one of her biggest regrets was that she didn't hire us. That made me sad.

We are friends on Facebook and talk all of the time... and frankly I still love her!

Here's Erika's Story. (In her own words)

We got engaged in June of 2006 & set a date for May 5th 2007. We thought that would be ample time to plan, schedule, re-think, re-plan, & re-schedule, at least a couple of times. The first priority, besides the cake, was the photographer. We were incredibly lucky to get the photographer that I dearly wanted. She immediately recommended that we speak to Melissa {MasterPiece Weddings} for our planning needs, so we made an appointment.

After sitting down with Melissa, it became clear to us that there were a number of things that we need to account for, but at the same time, estimates were starting to come for the catering, the cake, we already had a photography contract to sign, the venue, the church, the dress, the tuxes, shoes, honeymoon, etc. Trust me, it adds up IN A HURRY! We had a limited budget & my husband, who has some OCD tendancies & works with chaos every day as an auditor, assured me that he would be able to coordinate, plan & schedule this gala event without any problems at all. "I've got it under control", he said. So, in the sole interest of saving money, we decided to not hire Melissa.....not our smartest decision.

In the months that followed, chaos turned into outright anarchy. There was the small issue of moving the wedding from Gainesville to St. Augustine for starters. Flowers, DJ's, and bridesmaids, Oh my....

Whenever we thought we had a handle on something, Murphy's law was there to slap us on the backside. We had wine labels done, but they were delivered to us & not the winery, so my husband had to drive to Howey in the Hills. It had never occurred to us that we were going to need chairs for the outdoor ceremony.....don't think Melissa would have missed that. We had to get the flowers and the cake to St. Augustine, along with all the dresses and tuxedo's......did I mention that at this point, we were really wishing we had hired Melissa? Then came the big day...

If, for one instant, you think that on the day of your wedding, you will have the time or inclination (there are mimosa's to drink) to meet with all the vendors as they arrive or that they will telepathically know where you want everything set up, you are kidding yourself, trust me, I learned the hard way. We were very fortunate to have am incredible photographer and florist that stepped up to the plate and took control, right when we about to lose it! There is no amount of self planning that can take the place of a talented, experienced, & caring wedding planner like Melissa. When we renew our vows at our 50th, there is no question that Melissa will be running the show.....put it in your blackberry right now Melissa, May 5,'s the easiest and sanest decision you'll make leading up to your big day.

Need I say more?

{Got it!! You are in the Blackberry}

Photo's By: Caroline Johnson


Jennifer Ramirez-Jasiczek said...

Poor thing! I hope more brides read this. And Melissa, if you need an assistant for May 5, 2057, I'll be there, in a wheelchair, but I'll be there.

Sara @ BellaNotte said...

Erika, you looked fabulous on your wedding day, all the craziness aside! Thank you for sharing your experience - as wedding planners, we appreciate people realizing how valuable we can be. Congratulations on your marriage!

Betsy said...

Erika, I am glad we were able to help make your day a little less stressful. I was never more stressed, as it was the first time I had to deliver the cake as well as the flowers. Thank you for having up be part of your special day.

erikasundy said...

Tahnk you Betsy! After seeing pics of your arrangements at Carolin'es studio, we HAD to have you as our Florist! We were so blessed to work with you, Caroline, Kathy, and Erika. (Still kicking ourselves for not hiring Melissa) Did I mention the AC at the B&B crapped out at the Rehearsal Dinner, and the Day of?? But we're fortunate enough to have all of you as a part of our extended family!!

Bryan said...

Ya wedding planning plays a very important role.And don't take anything lightly in your marriage.

Anonymous said...

I have got to say, quite the testimony from Erika. I hope to be just as good as a wedding planner as your company is Melissa. You have quite a lovely website and a very enlightening, humourous blog. I most likely will not plan all of my own wedding. I would definitely not want to stress like Erika. :)


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