Advice for dealing with sudden changes to venue?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Do you have a contract yet?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’m a bit confused. Is the venue on a boat? Or do you take a boat to and from the venue and a cruise around? Is there a way to get to the venue without taking a boat – just in case any of your guests are apprehensive of boats or get sea sick easily?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

gillykat824:  It seems like an awful lot of shuttling around onto boats and off again. Are both of the cruises necessary? As a guest I think I would be a bit tired of having to get a boat to the venue, get off for the ceremony etc, get on a cocktail cruise, get off to eat dinner, then get back on agan for another 4 hours. Is the final cruise meant to be like the dancy part of the evening with music and stuff? I would probably nix the cocktail cruise, have that on land, and then just have the cruise in the evening (but finish that maybe a bit earlier, like 11.30 or something). Or even just keep the cocktail cruise and have the dance part of the evening where you have dinner, space permitting. After dinner etc. I would probably like to stay settled in and not have to shift again.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

gillykat824:  To be honest then I would find another venue – the fact that they double booked themselves, can’t give you the same answer on what the cost will be each time you enquire etc. are red flags to me!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

gillykat824:  that does make a lot more sense. Thanks for clarifying! 

I can’t help too much, since I haven’t dealt with planning or attending a wedding like what your describing. But are there other venues in the area that offer the same idea but closer to the original price? Or is the original venue something that you had your heart set on and would be willing to spend more money on? 

Personally, I love boating, so I would love going to wedding like that!  

I’m sure you’ve thought about these things already, but is there a place for people to sit down inside and outside on the boat? Will there be a day of co-ordinator to help guide guests from one place to another? Are there washrooms on board. I’m assuming it’s a larger sized boat, and would have washrooms, but you never know. Are you serving food on the boat, and how many servers would there be. Are all the crew trained in first aid? Do you need to purchase insurance? What is their safety record like? Is there a refund if weather is too bad and it’s unsafe for the boats to go out?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

gillykat824:  Perhaps you could just have your ceremony and cocktail cruise there and then have your reception/dinner at another venue? That way you get the best of both worlds in a way. Could the cocktail cruise drop you and your guests off at another potential reception venue along the river? You mentioned that it goes past hotels and such?

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

gillykat824:  The venue didn’t double book anything. You have no contract so you had not booked. They are in fact trying to work with you. I am really at a loss why you think they have done you wrong especially about the pricing/package. Unless you book and have a contract it is normal business practice that prices change. Is it unfortunate that the price went up, sure but that is the risk you take when you don’t sign on the dotted line.

I would either find a new venue or pick a new date. Lollybags suggestion of moving the reception elsewhere is a good option as well.

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