I am really sorry to hear that. I think this will help you... when I hired my TA I specified that I DO NOT WISH to be dealing with bookings, money, CC payments etc. She actually offered to be sending out e-maisl, reminders, requested a phone list from me for all the guests and basically is HARASSING lol them for payments because that's exactly what they do...-" Next week, not this paycheck etc" She told me not to worry that she will handle everything and if she has to call them in the pm- she would do that, too. So, now if I want her to add another guest to the list I just e-mail their info and she keeps e-mailing and calling. I do NOTHING and wait for updates via e-mail. That's it.
I do not know you.. but you have helped me a lot with your advice and by what I can say- you worked your b.tt off for all the OOT and Beautiful invites, that's way more than regular brides do.( read- ME:) You have made sure that everything is so coordinated and just beautiful, so now tell your TA to do all the e-mails and to haut your guests for you!
You will be surprised what an effect can that have on people- they will act differently dealing with a stranger than You.
Another example... I am a personal trainer and have my own studio in FL. Prior to hiring an assistant to do billing for me, I was MISERABLE! I felt bad for charging people, I always gave discounts, post poned cashing checks etc When I got that part straightened out- my assistant acts like the " BAD Guy" - not me- everything has been running so smoothly - and I do not feel bad anymore!
So, now back to you... when somebody mentions wedding to me and the the deposit schedule and how hard is it to make payments etc, I simply say: " Oh, Karen I am so sorry to hear that but I hired somebody specifically for dealing with bookings! Do you have her number? She is very sweet and you can talk to her about your concerns" Taryn, I am not joking you... I get feedback from my TA every 10 days or so- and she never hears them complain.. because they feel embarrased to be complaining about money to a complete stranger. They give their CC and she sends them confirmation of payment. Hush. Not even one word uttered about payments.
Another thing is... people whom you are a priority to- WILL BE THERE! Even if they have to save $100/$200 a month - they will find a way. Other people will drive you nuts and complain like crazy! You know what's funny? My fiance said the other night " Edyta, when you think about the destination weddings, all the guests are paying for themselves to be on a vacation! It's not like they are giving the couple $1200! It's for THEM! not US!"
I think he is so right. So, please do not worry. I am leaving in less than 4 months. You are 2 weeks behind me.. you will be fine... the scenery is way better than any City Hall I have seen or been to, at least in the US,... I am sure you and your fiance will have the time of your life!
Originally Posted by sxcT
I keep sending out emails about pricing for flights and reminding them to reserve their room....but still nothing. Everyone says they will do it this weekend, next week, next paycheck...but still nothing. Oh well. I actually need to look into when I need to release my rooms before I get penalized. Thanks for the reminder.