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While Samia is confident and full of promises, she was our biggest letdown. We hired her to help with day of coordination for my sister-in-law’s wedding. She seemed passionate and driven, and our family is fairly well organized, so we figured having less experienced planner would be fine for what we needed. To set the context, we hosted a Hindu Indian wedding with about 140 guests in Texas with three events at home and two events at a luxury venue.
She had lack of attention to detail. We noticed that hot food was left under the table at one of our home events and found it rotting in Texas’ July sun in the garage 2 days after the event. She forgot to communicate the change in timeline to our videographer for the mehndi, so the videographer did not show up and missed an important part of the mehndi.
She is passive vs proactive. While Samia said she had done several Indian Hindu weddings, it seemed otherwise. She was frantically running around, seeming lost and constantly checking her paper check list. We had family friends helping with the events, so thankfully they stepped in to make sure events were on time, food was constantly being serve, plates were dry, there were enough chairs etc.
She is unwilling to serve and difficult to trust. There were several things that ultimately went wrong from small details like plates coming out wet and cake being served an hour after we asked for it (plus three different people asking for it). The larger issues we had were: 1) The livestream did not work for initial events (and we had a lot of family from Indian trying to join), and instead of her reaching out to the videographer to have it fixed, she waited until after the event to reach out once we asked what happened and what the future plan was; 2) We asked for the top tier of the cake to be saved for the bride and groom, and it was thrown out. Samia blamed it on the venue, and the venue blamed it on Samia; 3) There were no spoons for dinner (this is the venue’s fault as well but Samia should have caught this early), so one of the uncles had to ask a friend to run and grab spoons from the nearest store; 4) While we had agreed with the venue to have liquor well in advance at our after party, there was massive confusion between the venue and Samia where they blamed each other for the communication and ultimately led to us finding out a few hours before the reception that we’re not allowed liquor at the after party.
When we mentioned how we were letdown, she said that we were hard clients to deal with. All of our other vendors enjoyed working with us, so this comment was a bit discolored.
Samia is a 21-year old inexperience planner (we did not know her age when we hired her). While she seems like a nice person, I would highly recommend anyone planning a Hindu wedding against hiring her. There are many more unfortunate details I can share, but overall, do not hire this planner.
Samia is just a terrible planner and downright terrible person. She takes credit for everyone else’s work and is lazy. There are rumors she stole envelopes from a couple’s box and I’m praying she did not do that with our family’s. She’s a disgrace to the community and I feel bad for anyone who falls into her scams.
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