Post # 1
So when we booked our venue about a year ago one of the mains reasons we chose the place was because it was private, there were no time restrictions and we were renting the place for the whole weekend.. friday to monday. The venue is a private estate that has a huge house for all of our family to stay in, it’s set on 20 acres, the owners told us we could have friends put up a tent and camp and bring their RV’s/dogs/etc.. you name it..
Well since then, things have changed.. I guess they’ve had a few more weddings since we booked, and they’ve had noise complaints from their 2 neighbors..I mean this place is in the middle of nowhere..
So we got an email from the owner, with a whole slew of new rules and that weren’t in place when we signed our contract.. no music past 10pm.. no camping.. no RV’s.. and to make matters worse they’re hired a ‘security’ guard to stay on the property ALL weekend to monitor us!! Like our grandmothers are going to want him around when they’re trying to swim in the pool the day after the wedding!!
So the whole thing has left a bad taste in my mouth.. FI is really upset.. our ceremony is kind of late @ 5pm, we figured we had all night for dancing.. but now wish we’d set it for earlier..
I know most places have a 10pm cut off, but we specifically didn’t want that and thats one of the only reasons we booked this place…
Just feel like our wedding is going to suck now! We’ve spent a lot of $$ on this venue and now we may as well have done it it my backyard…no time limit there!!
Post # 3
Uh if its not in your contract I would say you have the opportunity to dispute it… if its not what you wanted etc.. Id be extremely upset…
Post # 4
i agree call them and xplain that the you chose their venue for a reason and were not aware of all these rules at the time of agreeing to the contract… are u able to have the ceremony earlier?
Post # 5
If it isn’t in the contract, they can’t enforce it. They also can’t make you pay for the security guard.
Post # 6
i agree with pp…they cant change a contract that was already signed by all parties without a proper amendment which would include you giving them the okay on those changes…sorry venue, lol
Post # 7
Our contract specifically states ‘no time limit’ .. we booked and put a deposit down on a sound system to have for the rehearsal dinner and when the DJ that comes with the place stops playing @ 10pm.. now she’s telling us ‘no sound systems’ when I reminded her that she told me I could do this early on in the booking process she said that it’s up to the ‘security guard’ and he’ll have his decibel reader!!
We plan on bringing the sound system but now I have to worry about some random dude lurking around my wedding in the bushes with a sound checker!!
We dont have to pay for him thank goodness.. what happens if he decides we’re ‘too loud’ out in the middle of nowhere.. on a private estate at the end of a very long private road?? Will he call the cops?? Will she keep my security deposit??
Cant have the ceremony earlier we’ve booked buses to bring all of our guests to the venue..weddings in 2 weeks too!!
very stressed.. and not looking forward to stopping the party just when it’s getting started!!
Post # 8
I would think at best if the music was too loud too late… they would just ask you to turn it down… then maybe call the cops… That really sucks.. I would change the venue if I were you only because I hate being screwed…
Post # 9
I don’t think they can do that- you need to talk to a contract lawyer.
Post # 10
Did the contract say that you COULD do the things you’re now being forbidden to do? (Camping, sound system, not be monitered by a guard) It’s one thing if the venue people are trying to change the written terms, like “no time limit” becomes “10pm”, but if all you had was a verbal assurance that you could have people camp and so forth, they might have a better case for prohibiting it post signing. Particularly if the contract has any ambiguous terms that allow them to make rules for safety and protection of property.
Post # 11
Wow, this is unacceptable. Is it too late for you to ask for a refund and book somewhere else?
Post # 12
@shaunna: Well, according to her date, I think her wedding is in two weeks.
Post # 13
I’ve heard of some places (like vineyards) that have gotten in trouble for hosting parties and weddings that get loud and out of control in an area that is normally very rural and quiet. It’s not in their zoning codes to have such activiies there and once things start getting reported they have to make changes.
I wish you the best but doubt they will change if they’ve gotten in trouble.
Post # 14
hmmm considering your date is so soon I would try and talk to them tell them you understand the new rules but under such close notice you will only be able to compromise. No loud noises after 11 maybe and try to keep it under control. Maybe ask where you can park trailers where it’s less noticable and any other things that would appeal to the complaints but not interfeer much with your booked plans.
Post # 15
Yeah..two weeks to go..too late to change venue!
The owners up until now have been pretty cool, I just hate having this sprung on me at the last minute. I’ve saved most of my email correspondence with the owners so at least I have some kind of reference..
I think a compromise is the best bet, and we’ll see how long that security guard can stay awake.. I’ll bet most of my guests can outlast him!
Do you think they can withhold my security deposit if we get a noise complaint? Is that legal? The contract states that the deposit will be returned in 10 days as long as no damages to property have occured.
Post # 16
@violetmae: Is that the exact wording of the contract? If so, they can’t keep your security deposit just for noise reasons.