Post # 1
With only 5 months to go, and just about everything organised, I was feeling very happy that all the wedding plans had gone smoothly. I was happy with all our vendors, there were no dramas with planning, and I was getting more and more excited!
Then I get an email from our incredible ceremony venue (a rose garden in the middle of a vineyard). They inform us that the price of our ceremony has increased by $1000!!! And it is within their contract right to do so and the deposit we have already paid is non-refundable. I checked the contract and sure enough it says that our deposit only secures the date and that they can make price changes up to 3 months before the date.
I am devasted, this really is my dream venue but I cannot justify the extra cost and I am mad at them for raising it so much. But at the same time I cannot afford to lose my deposit. So now I might have to lose my deposit and look for somewhere else to get married! Of course invites have been sent and I dont even know if there are available venues (it’s a small town). So much for a drama-free wedding!
Would you just accept it and pay the extra cost? Or lose the deposit out of principal and find a new venue with only 5 months to go?
Post # 3
Sorry to hear about that. Thats awful that they did that to you….
BTW how much was your deposit??
At this point in the planning, do you think you could find another venue that you will love? If it were me I think I would find a way to come up with the extra money.
Best of luck to you and your FH! 🙂
Post # 4
I’d be furious!! That is SUCH BS. Wow. Totally unprofessional (in my opinion). What is the point of locking it in then? Why not raise the price $10,000!? (Sorry… I’m mad FOR you… haha).
I think it really just depends on how much your deposit is. If it was high ($500+) I would probably just fork over the extra money.
Sorry this happened to you… such BS.
Post # 5
Ugh. Sounds like it might not be worth the hassle to walk away, but I would say “I’ll be sure to mention this in the many reviews I will write about your venue” next time you talk to them. That’s seriously a nasty thing to do.
Post # 6
I wonder if they do that to everyone who books? I would like to have a list of former clients and ask them if this is the norm for the venue? Too bad you didn’t “read” the contract before you signed, you could have scratched that clause off before signing…
Post # 7
at this point I’d just pay the extra money. After the wedding I’d make sure to put that little tidbit in all your online reviews.
Post # 8
Did they give a reason for the cost increase? I would ask for an itemized bill describing what the additional cost will cover. In the event that it sounds like B.S. – you may not be able to do anything because of the contract, but at least you can use it to keep other blissfully unaware brides from falling into the same trap. I also second the PP^^ ask for additional clients for “reference” and find out if this is something that they also experienced. If so, they deserve to be reported to the BBB.
Post # 9
I would also be having a word with the Manager there and be telling them that as much as it states in the contract that this is an ‘option’ for them to do unless they are able to come up with a Good reason as to WHY they have raised the price at this point you will be making sure that after the wedding you will be placing some Reviews about the place…
Word of mouth and Reviews really hurt some businesses and this might just make them at least think twice about going through with this… I would think at this point it is at least worth a try.
Post # 10
Threatening them with a “review” at this point may not be a good idea… They may “do” something else to sabotage the day as revenge.
Post # 12
Thank you for all the replies, it definitely helps 🙂 Our deposit was $1000, so quite a lot. This venue is by far my favourite but the thought of giving them money after the price increase just upsets me.
At least this experience has taught me to “read” contracts from now on…and definitely not be so trusting. I’d understand if it was a small price increase but $1000 seems unreasonable. I mean that is a 50% price increase!
@csperry2: I said the exact same thing after I read their email, why not just raise the price $10,000!
The worst part was how they told me. The email said that they were thrilled to announce they have a new chef so please see the attached canape options…. Then they mentioned that due to rising costs of maintaining the rose garden they had to pass the cost on to us. You would think a price increase would at least warrant its own email.
Post # 13
@pinkmacaron: Then they mentioned that due to rising costs of maintaining the rose garden they had to pass the cost on to us.
That’s the reason? So the rose garden wasn’t there when you signed the contract? And for maintaining the rose garden is all on your shoulders? Are they paying anything towards the maintenance themselves since the rose garden is on their property and will likely stay on their property to be enjoyed by others, whom may not be paying to enjoy said $1000 rose garden? Are they going to put a plaque there in your honour?
Sorry about the sarcasm here, but this is ridiculous and actually makes me upset!