- mile end
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
My fiance and I got engaged last April. Right away, we decided on the perfect venue. It’s a beautiful, classy marquee room in a gorgeous theatre building. There are not a lot of venues that could hold over 80 people in this small tourist town, so we jumped at the chance.
Fast forward to now, and our perfect venue is not so perfect. The costs were incredibly misrepresented when we signed the room booking contract. Every time I speak with the coordinator at the venue (and she is taking longer and longer to reply to my inquiries) there is a new fee attached. Part of this can be attributed to the usual wedding coordinator being on mat leave when we first chose this space, and her replacement not knowing all of the information, but still, it wasn’t for lack of me badgering her with questions to make sure we had all the info up front. I just realize now that she may not have really known what the answers were. We are being literally priced out of our dream venue due to costs we had not anticipated when booking. Just as an example, we are required to have a unionized technical theatre employee present at the event to do NOTHING. He just has to be there. At the rate of $121/hour.
Due to the scarcity of large venues in this town, we don’t have many options, but we found a lovely Country Club on the edge of town. The price packages (and they had the courtesy to send me all the information in writing, up front) are within our budget. To be honest, we can save close to $4000 by switching venues for a similar level of food and bar service. Unfortunately the venue is available the weekends before and after Oct 15, but not on our current wedding day.
So here’s my dilemma: Do we move our wedding day to the next week, Saturday October 22, and run the risk of inconveniencing our many OOT guests, or do we stick with the original date and venue, and just suck it up. We haven’t sent out the invitations, but we have sent out STDs, and I know many people have already booked hotels. Over 50% of the guests are OOT, as my fiance and I met at university, and he is from the other end of the province over 600 km away. I am sad to potentially leave the venue in which I had spent a year planning my wedding to take place, but my frustration is starting to win over my sentimentality.
What do you think Bees?