Sep 28, 2008
Patricia Gibbons, Floral Designs
I was given Pat's name by a friend's friend. We set-up an appointment and I went to her home in El Cerrito (from San Francisco) to meet with her. She showed me her portfolio, which she described as "outdated", and we chatted for about an hour and a half. I brought a number of pictures to give her an idea of the look I was going for, but she never really seemed to get it. We agreed that she would continue to hold my date, and that we would talk again after she had sent me a contract to look over. A week and a half later I emailed her to check in on the contract. I was resigned to using her because of the referral. She emailed me back saying that she had "just" booked someone else for my date and was sorry but would not be able to help me. I reminded her that she was holding my date and still hadn't sent me a contract. This didn't seem to mean much to her. I found her response to be very bizarre, unprofessional and inconsiderate. It took a total of four hours for me to get to and from her home and view a portfolio that was "years" out of date, just to be told that she decided to work with someone else. Unless it's love at first sight, I wouldn't suggest relying on this vendor.
Services used: Flowers
Hello!Lucky is a go-to for fresh, innovative thank you notes, invitations, etc. These ladies are letterpress happy and their product is the highest quality eye candy in San Francisco. I found them last year whilst looking for someone to design my wedding invitations. They took an image that I had fallen in love with and created my wedding invitation, RSVP card and envelopes. I couldn't have been happier with the outcome! One word of advice: If you need hand holding, custom invitations or cards make sure to work with one of the women who own/run the shop. Initially I tried working with one of the women who does sales for them and was a bit disappointed. A friend suggested that I speak with the creative director - She took great care of me and exceeded my expectations.
Services used: Invitations