Feeling screwed over by my dream venue, don't know what to do :(

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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1500 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@antique_acorn:  I’m so sorry to hear, but it sounds like they had all the power and you assumed that the additional hours were $150, but they never told you that was the case. You’re lucky you can get most of your money back. Given your budget, I’d rather give up on the dream venue (I never got my dream venue either) for something that is cheaper and maybe not as picturesque but save yourself the heartache of shelling out so much money. If you want picturesque photos, I’m sure your photographer can work with you to get pretty photos somewhere else!

Post # 4
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115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I would walk away, or negotiate. Especially since your date is in the off season, you may be able to haggle on the hourly rate. IMO, a venue that includes nothing isn’t worth spending half your budget on. That being said, since you are getting married in the off season, check with other vendors to see if you can get a discount with them, maybe that will make up the difference! It’s such a bad feeling when you fall in love with something that turns sour 🙁

Post # 5
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550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I would try the sugar version first…”I have been in love with this venue for AGES…and I’m stretching our budget to make this work. I’m so disappointe that the cost has gone up so much since I started planning on using it, and this latest increase pushes it out of our reach. Is there any way you would be willing to make an exception and grant us full day use for the new price?”

If they won’t do that…then I’d start looking for other similar venues. :/ 

Post # 6
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3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would not pay that much money for a venue with nothing included no matter what the budget was.

Post # 7
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365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

@melonseeds:  since the rate was posted after you paid your deposit I would definitely try to negotiate. We looked at one venue (that we didn’t end up booking) who was going to honor the current rate for a future date because they didnt have the new rates yet. It’s worth trying, otherwise it really feels like they tried to pull a fast one. 

Otherwise, sadly it’s time for plan b. 

Post # 8
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106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I agree with @cateyes … try to plead with them first. If that doesn’t work – take a deep look into your contract. The one I signed when booking my venue covered everything under the sun… so if it’s not in there… they have no legal “proof” to hold you too, compared to the website info.

Other than that – If it is your DREAM venue – keep it. Make sacrifices… adhere to the 8 hours…. I know it’ll be tough but how will you feel if you back out, and settle for somewhere else??

My wedding is being held at the venue of my DREAMS – and getting married there has meant reducing my floral, dress, photo, decor, and DJ budget – but the location is everything, because out of everything else, it’s what I’ll remember the most 🙂

Post # 10
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497 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@cateyes:  +1 asking a nicely always works better!

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