Just another reason I am ill-suited to being a bride: when I get the feeling I’ve been ripped off, I tend to stomp my feet, say mean things to not-at-fault cogs in the machine, cry once I’ve reached the “privacy” of my car, write a bunch of nasty Tweets in hopes the business tracks their name, draft scathing reviews for Yelp and similar websites… and never actually feel any better for all this fussing.
About eighteen months ago, I splurged on a pair of designer glasses purchased at Eyetique, a local fancy eyeglass chain. I got “a deal,” paying only 25 dollars for the lenses, but that was on top of a cool $475 for the frames. Last night, the plastic frames snapped when I laughed too hard. This morning I went to the store and they told me the price of repairs would be $250. Also known as “the price of an entirely new pair of glasses from any reasonable establishment.”
So… I went through the above foot-stomping process. I still feel scammed, and I still don’t have glasses.
Why is any of this relevant to weddings? Because I am BOUND to overpay for various products and services for this wedding. It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion. And I really, really would like to manage to get through that without going through this unhelpful temper-tantrum process.
And I know an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and all that. Maybe I should be focused on how to avoid getting ripped off? But that seems much more difficult than trying to learn how to react with grace when I get ripped off. I want to be able to roll with the getting ripped-off punches… because having a wedding is like being in a getting ripped-off boxing ring. How have you handled your mistreatment at the hands of wedding professionals?
[Meanwhile, let me throw out another flailing fist: if you live in Pittsburgh, just say no to Eyetique.]