February 2, 2009

The "W" Word

One of my long time friends, Special K, and I hung out one weekend a few months ago in the hopes of finding some makeup for the wedding. Well, actually, it was more like let's try to break me from my fear that makeup makes me look like a clown. I'll save that for a separate post...

Anyway, I let Special K take the lead in speaking with the cosmetic counter ladies. The problem is that Special K let it slip that we were hoping to find make-up for me for my wedding. WRONG MOVE!! We were summarily dismissed and asked to make an appointment for a "wedding trial" that would require a $50 minimum purchase. Um...WHAT?!! Isn't this a recession? We're hoping to possibly spend money on something that is, under these economic conditions, not a necessity but we must come back later because it's for a wedding? I totally don't get that.

I feel like the "W" word (WEDDING) can be the kiss of death, when trying to plan. Apparently some people have done experiments with pricing and found when they contact companies and or service providers that they will increase the price when told their services will be for a wedding. Granted, I don't know if this is happening now in this economic climate, but do weddings have some sort of mystique about them that tells vendors engaged couples and their families want to spend MORE than other people having another type of event? Have weddings grown in size and price so much that we engaged folks have subconsciously let vendors think that we will always take the more expensive route?

Anyway, while I can't answer all of those questions myself, I was very weary about using the "W" word again too loosely.

Anyone have this happen to them?

By the way, I ended up going to the same company's counter on another floor, talking to some nice helpful sales ladies and buying more than the minimum...perhaps someone needs some sales lessons? Hmm....

5 comments:

Mrs. Andi said...

I've seen that with dresses!! THere are some very lovely dresses out there, but if they're in the Wedding section, they are about twice as expensive. Even bridesmaids dresses!

Chic.Personal.Fun said...

Ugh...that's just completely bothersome. I wish there was a way around it.

Chic.Personal.Fun said...

Ugh...that's just completely bothersome. I wish there was a way around it.

African-American Brides said...

Oh, my dear! Yes! Definitely ask for a "makeover" next time you're at the counter...lol. Say you have a job interview coming up or whatever. Just don't let on that you're a bride-to-be. :) For the record, I think a lot of people look like clowns when they get "made-up". But that's just me and my over-analyzing. I just don't get the logic behind having shiny stuff under my eyebrow and streaks of color down the side of my face...lol. My personal preference- Bobbi Brown. I felt like I still looked like myself when I used those products. :)
Always a pleasure to stop by and read about your adventures.

Erica
African-AmericanBrides.com

Special K said...

OMG I love my internet name! And I want to hear how Mr. CPF felt about the macquillage...