- 2 years ago
- Wedding: August 2015
My FI and I just found out that the venue we really want has changed pretty much half of what they originally said they offer, and for a different price. I was upset, FI was livid.
Originally, the place was offering (for $3000) for ceremony and reception – tables, chairs and setup, linens (plain white), boat ride to the venue, cocktail boat, and a full 3 days of rental (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon). Music had to shut down at midnight, which is totally doable. This place has a nice bathroom, sandstone pavillion/lodge, and a fully electric tent. It’s the perfect setting for us – outdoors, on the water, and absolutely gorgeous.
When I called two days ago to ask about where/who to put down a deposit, suddenly things had changed. Now it’s $4000 for boat cruise to the venue for guests, use of the entire area, etc, but now we’d have to leave the venue by 8pm Saturday night for a ghost boat tour. And we were told they don’t do set up before noon. Basically – we’d have the venue for 5ish hours for the wedding and then have to skeddadle out.
FI was not happy that this was happening, and called back. Now they’re offering us this: full use of all area, sound system, etc, with access starting Friday afternoon (leave by 8pm for day 1 of the ghost tour), and setup of chairs/tables/linens on Saturday, with full use of boat for entry cruise to the venue, cocktail cruise, and tear down Sunday. However, between 8pm and midnight, we would be able to have a river cruise. So the time line would be Saturday morning/early afternoon of full set up, Saturday at 4:30 ceremony, hour long cocktail cruise, dinner from 6:00ish to 7:30ish, shuttle everyone onto a river cruise until whenever we decide to stop. They offered this for a new price of $2500.
Honestly – FI and I would personally rather have a 4 hour long cruise. But I’m a little leery of the venue place, and was hoping some bees would have some advice.
For one – does this sound like an enjoyable evening? We’re hoping that anyone who doesn’t want to go on the boat would feel that 8pm would not be too early an end for them. The boat has seating plus some for the numbers we’re looking at. We will be touring the boat(s) that would be used. Is there anything, as a guest to something like this, that you would be worried about?
For two – obviously, FI and I will be meeting with them to go over a contract in detail, but is there anything that pops into anyone’s mind to include? We want pit stops at the hotel (originally included in a shuttle boat) during the river cruise, because it’s guarenteed that some people will want to leave at 10pm or otherwise not at midnight. We also want to make sure that everything is still included as far as tables etc set up is concerned. As far as I know, this tour just drives through, so I’m not super worried about anything being taken (all gifts will be sent off to be locked up elsewhere).
We do very much want this venue, and it sounds like the venue is very willing to work with us – the ghost tour is separate within the same company, and someone higher up didn’t think about how utterly stupid it is to double book an area, but I don’t want us to get burned.