I know, I know…it isn’t Wedding Wednesdays, so what are we doing talking about WEDDINGS??? (And, I am counting on you to forgive my Wedding Wednesday lapse last week…)
Well, this is a tad different. This is personal. This is about MY wedding! (Hear the loud Bridezilla voice booming in the background?!?)
Seriously, though. Us Italian expats, and those who love us and send us mail, know how notorious the Italian mail system is for receiving packages. If you are a gambling gal, or dude, this mail system is for you. The odds are maybe…50-50??
I’m not quite sure.
Well, let’s back up to about 11 months ago when I first started looking at wedding invitations. All budget-minded brides know you have to make tough decisions and chose priorities carefully. Invitations were not high on my list.
I searched until I found a cute, fall-themed invitation that offered enough space for both Italian and English wording, at a good price, no less. Since I had more time on my hands (or so I thought) in Italy than I would in America eight weeks before the wedding, I planned to have the invitations sent to Italy so they could be ribbonized, addressed, and ready to go.
I won’t bore you, dear blog readers with the gory details (because believe me, they are boring – and gory – even to me) but more or less…
– The company won’t ship overseas
– They can’t tell me how heavy the package is (so I can have someone else send it)
– They don’t respond well to emails
– They are pretty much LACKING any customer service-related skill set
So, I decide to look in Italy. No luck. While many of the invitations here were cute, they didn’t offer much space for two languages. I even had help.
In what I thought was a last-ditch effort I went to a local print shop and asked them to duplicate the invite I had found in America. They did pretty well, too. But, they don’t have double envelopes in Italy, and the only ones this guy found were about 2 sizes larger than the invitation itself. Ouch.
So, back to the American company (who I am specifically not naming here since they had such poor service). But, I had to place the order twice – cause, what do ya know – they didn’t receive it the first time.
– They “hold” my order for about 2 weeks because they can’t call Italy (never thinking to send me an email and let me know)
– They add on additional charges and no one seems to know why
– They sent the wrong ribbon color
But, they finally arrive at my mother’s house, where she pulls 50 or so out for us to give the Italian crew. She puts them in nice little envelope and mails them to Catanzaro.
That was seven weeks ago.
We never received them. The ItalianPost Office passed the buck on to SDA, who can’t be reached via email or phone. At least not easily. So, here we are five weeks before the wedding with no invitations to give the Italians, who won’t come anyway, but that is SO not the point.
So, my “I don’t really care too much about the invitations” priority has jumped from the bottom tier and sky-rocketed, if only momentarily, to a top notch problem.
Aren’t weddings fun?