Is blogging only about writing about good stuff, because life is not always good and I found out the hard way yesterday. Sometimes putting too much faith on goodness can lead to some shocking revelations. Also, may be what I experienced wasn’t all that bad and appalling, but given my bridal hormones right now, I just flew into a rage.
Let me rewind a little bit…Last thursday was dusshera and thus a holiday. I took my parents and decided to get the invitation card finalized. I went to Dadiseth Agiary Road which is a lane across Bhuleshwar dedicated to only wedding invitation cards. We got into practically every store on that lane, but within a couple of minutes in each store, I knew whether I would be able to find my card or not.
While some stores exclusively had major options in white and gold cards…others were all about the expensive funky cards and colors. I found this one store – Mohit Creations which had fancy wedding cards in bright fun colors. The exact thing I was looking for.
I had pre-decided that I didn’t want maroon or gold or white, but would opt for something in mustard, orange, pinks or blues. We spent a good hour or more in that store browsing through 100s of cards in different colors till we found the one. I was in love with it.
The guy at the store was super pleasant to talk to…well spoken in polished english, and knew the kind I was looking for. Within no time we finalized on the card. I sat with him and wrote down the written matter word by word. I was told to write in all caps, for lack of confusion and so I did.
I wanted to have one or two quotes included in the card, but as were discussing it…we changed it to my father saying the quote in the wedding card and my uncle saying a quote in the reception card. These were the two quotes I decided on –
“On this day, my daughter will marry her friend, the one she laughs with, lives for, dreams with and loves”
“With new dreams, new hopes, and new aspirations, my niece is stepping into a new beginning of her wedded life”
So now, with all this finally done…I checked with him by when I would receive the card for the ‘final’ proofreading…he said by next day or at the most saturday. Printing of cards would be another week at max. I was more or less ok with it because this meant, I would have my cards in hand by the end of the month for sure.
We left the store with a smile on our faces…to the extent we all were discussing among ourselves of what a nice wedding vendor we had found finally. Just like my caterer with whom I haven’t had any issue till now, I felt the invitation card vendor was about to give him some serious competition for the best wedding vendor across category award !
How wrong I was in my dreaming…
I went home waited till friday evening, nothing popped in my email…I didn’t think much of it…then saturday went…still no email, no card…I called up and the guy sweetly said there was some issue in printing, and I would get it first thing monday morning. I was a little put off by it, but I thought let it be, sometimes these things happen…
Monday came and went, and I called multiple times hearing everytime sending, sending, just sending. Nothing popped up. Tuesday came. My anger was on the tip…I started calling from morning…he said by afternoon…I said ok, then started with the hourly request…in the next 25 mins…you will get an email with the card…nothing came, and so and so on it went…and finally after yelling and screaming I got the email at 8:50 p.m.
I squealed in excitement. Its finally here, its finally here !!! It said to check properly…and given so many extra days taken, I thought I really have to make sure I don’t miss out on anything. I got my grandfather to sit with me and with super excitement I opened the attachments…
All hell was about to break loose… why? Take a look…
This is the first few lines of the card, which btw came in a white pdf version. First shock…I expected an actual demo card…but later I was told that nobody gives out demo cards…its only basis such a pdf version that one is supposed to imagine how their one and only wedding card is going to turn out to be.
But you tell me, basis this (above) where the lines are not aligned properly, spacing has no sense…and I don’t even want to talk about spelling, capital/small (no) sense and grammar…+ the surname itself was spelt wrong ! How am I to proceed with anything like this… + this is after every word was given to them in writing…
I could share with you more snippets of what was included in the “proof-reading” such as guest became gaust in all bold caps lock, sister was sisiter and propositions were flying all over my invitation card looking for their appropriate place to be in. But I will not share those images, because my blood boils at the sight of it.
What ensued post this was a war of words…me yelling left right centre, to which the store guy aptly made me his beloved sister for the hour trying to calm me down by saying…there isn’t much to correct in this 😕 …and that I was being obnoxious about wanting everything perfect. Yes, he knew the word obnoxious, but missed out on the earlier more important lessons of english.
I realized that it was pointless going head to head with him on this, realized that this is how the world works, and sweet words are not to be blindly trusted. So I told him, I will write down the entire matter to which he immediately said, please come to the store and do it yourself on the computer and give it to us ! Fair enough, at this point, I can’t imagine him to try fixing this…
This was just yesterday, so the issue is still not sorted…but I wanted to ask you guys that post proofreading aren’t we supposed to get one demo card to get the feeling of what the final product is going to look like?
Should I continue with this guy or move on and start from scratch to search for a new wedding card altogether 😥