I know not everyone would agree with me on this but pencil booking literally sucks. Yes, I need to vent right now because we had been frustrated for a week because of this HMUA that we were talking to for our engagement shoot. Talk about some wedding preps stress! Well we tried to book this certain HMUA because of recommendation from the awesome people of waw community and certain affiliation to a styling company. Their works are undeniably good and what I like the most was their fresh natural make-up. So when we inquired regarding their current rates and availability, we felt lucky that they were open for our chosen slot. The thing is, we are an overseas couple. Even if it’s a few more months before our flight back to Manila, we have already started doing our appointments for our itinerary. Every single day is very important to us. Besides we only get 30 days leave a year from work and it’s so damn difficult to even get a leave!
So, when we’re about to pay for our deposit after a couple of days of talking… the HMUA told us that they overlooked their calendar and said that our chosen date wasn’t available anymore. We were freaked out! When everything’s okay..then this came along! We calmly asked what happened and the HMUA said that our chosen date was already pencil booked for a supposed prenup shoot as well by a girl who was also an OFW like us. Unfortunately this girl seemed to have issues asking for leave from work. Okay, so we got that. But what was kind of annoying was the pencil booked part. Seriously. And since we liked this HMUA, my fiance and I talked it over to voluntarily wait for 1 week until the girl can make a decision if she’ll really take the slot or not. What was more annoying was the fact that the HMUA forgot to inform us (after the girl asked for another few days of extension = waiting time for us) that this girl already had a contract with her and the date that we both wanted was the only thing that was pencil booked!
The rules are simple: Contract = booked suppliers, unless cancellation has been made. But seriously..if the HMUA had told us earlier about the condition of their “contract” then we should have not wasted our time waiting for the supplier’s availability even if we really want that HMUA. End of story.
Bottom line, the girl got the our date. Lucky for her. I guess it’s really meant for her, right?
But lesson learned? Never quickly trust any supplier. ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK IF YOUR DATE IS REALLY REALLY REALLY AVAILABLE! The HMUA actually apologized after but the damage has been done. Anyway, best of luck to both of them. I just hope this HMUA wouldn’t do what she did to us to anybody else. I know everybody’s busy and no one’s perfect, but please please please be professional.