Labake
Master June 2012

What happens when vendors don't show up?

Labake , on March 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM Posted in Planning 0 27
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We all hope for everything to go as planned but they won't. I went to a wedding where the videographer didn't come. He called the bride the morning of the wedding from the ER and told her he wouldn't be coming. Someone went to best buy and bought a camcorder on the way to the church and played videographer for the whole day.

I assumed she got her money back but that still stinks.

Does anyone have any plan B’s put in place?

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Latest activity by Amanda, on March 27, 2021 at 6:19 PM
  • Kimberly S  ( formerly Kimberly L )
    Master June 2012
    Kimberly S ( formerly Kimberly L ) ·
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    Something to think about though I hate to but it's reality, things happen. I don't have any plan B's.

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  • Labake
    Master June 2012
    Labake ·
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    I know Kimberly but you never know.

    I've been having issues with my ceremony musicians. They just had a baby and I have a feeling if the baby even sneezes on the day of the wedding, they may just cancel. I'm having ipod music as backup.

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  • Andrea  Ank.
    VIP April 2012
    Andrea Ank. ·
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    I dont either Kimberly L. I dont have very many outside vendors but I hope that they come. I would be very upset if we didnt have a photographer or DJ.

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  • Josie
    Super May 2012
    Josie ·
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    I made sure that the photographer and dj have back up plans. We discussed it in our consultations.

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  • Carrie
    Master December 2011
    Carrie ·
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    Like Josie all our vendors had back-up plans and those were written into the contract.

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  • Carole M (a.k.a "old tart")
    Master October 2011
    Carole M (a.k.a "old tart") ·
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    While my DOC and caterer snucked, they also had back-up people who could do the job. Hmm, maybe the back-up was better. : )

    Cate's photographer and DJ also have back-up. The photography studio is Michaels, in Bensalem, PA. It is actually owned by her FH's cousin. He is taking the getting ready and church pics, but having his staff take the photos of the reception, so his wife and he can enjoy their wedding. Her DJ also has a back-up person.

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  • Nancy Taussig
    Nancy Taussig ·
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    My mom, best friend, and DH all know who to call to take my place if I'm in the ER.

    Most vendors have a back-up person(s). Ask your vendors, if it is not in the contracts.

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  • Labake
    Master June 2012
    Labake ·
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    I have back ups for the DJ and photographer. I do not have a back up for the

    ceremony musicians or MUA.

    Guess it's time to talk about that with them.

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  • antsy
    Super June 2012
    antsy ·
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    Our videographer, photographer, and DJ all had stipulations in our contract that said if they can't show, they'd have a replacement. It made me feel better at the time, but really....they could still just not show up. I guess I haven't really thought about a plan B. Thank goodness for the iPhone. Camera and iPod in one. Done! LOL

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  • krisalicious
    Master April 2012
    krisalicious ·
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    My vendors have back-up plans written into the contract. I think the only time they are off the hook is if an act of god physically prevents them from doing their jobs or leaving the house, like if a tsunami hits Chicago on our wedding day. But if that happens, we're going to have bigger problems than videography. Smiley smile

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  • Honey B.
    Master May 2012
    Honey B. ·
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    I'm with Josie- back up plans were discussed with all our vendors prior to signing contracts.

    My mom worked with one florist from a semi-larger florist company. The woman ended up quitting the week of her wedding in 1987 and didn't have much written down for notes. My mom got the wrong flowers and they made more bouquets than necessary, etc.

    The DJ double booked and got paid more for the other gig he had so he sent a friend to DJ for him and the guy screwed up names and songs left & right.

    That being said- my mom is paranoid about something happening at my wedding to she's pulling out all the stops and making sure there are back up plans B, C, and D. LOL!

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  • Labake
    Master June 2012
    Labake ·
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    Honey B. I guess I'm just being paranoid. I'm a plan b, c, and d person too.

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  • krisalicious
    Master April 2012
    krisalicious ·
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    Honey you made me remember - one of my friends had an issue with her DJ 2 weeks before the wedding. He just quit returning her calls/emails and didn't show up on the wedding day. Luckily she had a feeling he was going to no-show so she hired a replacement at the last minute. And then since she had paid his deposit on her Amex, she was able to get reimbursed and Amex went after him with collections.

    Always always always pay your deposits with credit cards if you can!!!!!!! A lot of vendors aren't set up for that but we've been able to convince a few.

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  • WasSoon2BMrsSmith
    Master September 2010
    WasSoon2BMrsSmith ·
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    When my best friend got married it was a destination wedding, the day before the wedding the event planner she had been dealing with at the resort was "no longer an employee" lucky for her they gave her a new one and it went smoothly.

    My other gf got married and all the wrong flowers showed up. We went to the grocery store bought flowers and made awesome bouquets.

    The only vendor I would worry about is the actual reception hall and officiant.

    Anything else can be remedied in a second.

    (I bought an unbrella, that's my contingency plan)

    My girlfriend is an awesome photographer so if mine cops out she I will just pay her dto do all the pics.

    My friends are playing music for us...like 10 of them so if 5 don't show up we're still OK.

    No cake... venue provides desert anyway.

    not too concerned.

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  • Mouche
    Master October 2012
    Mouche ·
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    My photographer has a back up, it's included in the contract.

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  • Shellie
    VIP July 2012
    Shellie ·
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    Our photog has a back up- our catering company is a school so I would assume even if one person was sick other people could still make it. It's not like there is only 1 chef.

    Flowers are all DIY so as long as they arrive in time it's fine- if not we are going to the public market to buy ones for the bouquets the day before anyways, so we could just pick up more for centerpieces.

    We are renting sound equipment and having our own ipod with a friend of ours manning it in exchange for his travel expenses being paid. I'm a little worried about the rental equipment, but i haven't seen/signed the contract with the company yet so I'll see if there is something built in. If something happens and our friend doesn't show it won't be the end of the world- just find someone else to do it. Though he would be giving us our $ back.

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  • HoundMama
    VIP May 2013
    HoundMama ·
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    The biggest problem will be musicians/dj not showing. I think we might go with the ipod back-up as well. Not that we don't trust our vendors, but it never hurts to be prepared!

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  • mariusz
    mariusz ·
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    You need to have a contract and make sure if for any reason one does not show up she/he has a back up!

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  • FMC
    Master June 2012
    FMC ·
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    Labake....really girl do I need any more things to worry about?? LOL

    All my contracts have back up plans written into them.

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  • Gee O. aka Happily Wifed Up
    Master June 2012
    Gee O. aka Happily Wifed Up ·
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    Scary stories! Thats why I am trying to keep vendors to a minimum, as of right now its the photographer, Videographer, make up artist and DJ----Even scarier stories, i have No back up plans! LoL

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