Thursday, August 20, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

What to do with all those flowers?

We had some leftover florals from the wedding so per the bride's request I picked them up from The Picket Fence (floral company in Kailua, HI) & I took beautiful roses and fragrant lei to the Birthing Center at Castle Medical Center.

The bride & groom took my advice and being a longtime resident of their hometown they chose vendors locally to keep their money in their neighborhood and hopefully stimulate their economy.

Being that the hospital was 5 mins away, I dropped off the flowers to the receptionist and asked her to please give them to a new mother that may not have any flowers. She lit up and began telling everyone around her what I was doing. I'm not gonna lie, it felt great and I can't wait to do it again.

Canceled Wedding

I've heard it has happened and it finally happened to me.

Someone called off the wedding 3 days before they were to walk down the aisle. My heart sank, my stomach turned and my jaw dropped! Is this some kind of sick joke? I wish.

After 2 days of calling vendors and relaying the sad news we were able to recover some monies. ONLY because I LOVE my vendors and apparently after this fiasco, they love me.

The caterers quickly called their food distributors to stop their orders and were able to cancel a few. Some were already ordered and paid for so we donated the food to a local church. Hopefully the couple will ask their tax person if they can write it off as a donation.

The florist took the flowers that had already arrived and sold them at the local Farmer's market. We recovered partial funds. The rest of the florals were donated to a local hospital that will hopefully brighten someones day.

The minister, limo driver, babysitters, lighting company & generators generously gave them their full refund.

The photographer, hair & makeup artists both said they did not need to receive the balance due.

I wish I could do more to help ease the pain financially and am happy to say that we are returning 20%.

The rental company also gave back over 20%.

None of these vendors needed to return the funds, the date was booked, contract signed and event date staffed. But because they are so kind & generous and passionately love what they do they all pulled together and generously gave back.

Some vendors weren't able to give any back, some gave the full refund while others gave partial. We were able to recover over 50% of their final balances due the week of the wedding.

This doesn't repair the ones that are left broken hearted. I say, it's cheaper than a divorce (mentally, physically, financially & emotionally), however that doesn't heal the hurting...not yet any way.

Black Eyed Peas

I freelance as a production manager for live and corporate shows with Hawaii Stage & Lighting. This weekend the Black Eyed Peas performed. It was a small show on Kaneohe Marine Base so they didn't need me to manage production.

I did however get to enjoy the show. It was FABULOUS! I heart Fergie. I think we'd be BF's 4 ever, if she only knew!

The rooftop was huge! The lighting & special effects including the 20+ mins firework show was over the top! for all lighting, generators, staging, draping, carpet, you name it, they got it!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Grace Ormonde Publishing - Let's Do This!

Our wedding was featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding magazine.

If anyone thinks these two should not be united in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace.