(Closed) HOW WOULD YOU READ THIS? [CONTRACT HELP]

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
Member
11753 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think that language addresses what happens if the venue changes their packages and at the very least it is too unclear.  You should fight it because they should honor the package that you put a deposit down for. Just threaten legal counsel and I’m sure they’ll give you your 15 minutes!

Post # 4
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4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The problem is that the terms of your contract have changed. Under your original contract, for 2011, you’re right, you should be guaranteed 45 minutes unless the wedding party is late.

Now the contract is for 2012, so it’s understandable that they might have different policies in place for a different year. They needed to tell you this, though. It’s hard to answer without knowing all the details. Did you change the wedding date? How did you handle the changing of the contract at that time? Was it understood that only the date would change and everything else in the contract would remain the same? If so, then you’ve definitely got a leg to stand on.

Post # 6
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9552 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Do you have anywhere in writing (the contract or even emails) that you have the space for 45 minutes? You should definately get what was presented to you at the time you signed the contract, but you may need it in writing somewhere for it to hold up.

Post # 7
Member
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My opinion is that they should honor the package that you actually signed up for. The entire point of the agreement & the package listing the information is that you are agreeing to that particular package. They have every right to change the package whenever they want, but you signed up for a particular package. I would definitely fight it. 

Post # 8
Member
9552 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MASPA:  Just saw your new post. If it says 45 minutes in your contract that is what they are legally bound to supply. Tell them that you expect them to honor their contract. Don’t take any of their BS!

Post # 9
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6745 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Does it say anywhere that they reserve the right to make any changes or something like that? 

It sounds to me like you contracted for 45 minutes and they cannot take that away from you just because they changed their package after the fact. Tell them when you signed the contract and picked them, you relied on the fact that they gave you 45 minutes and planned your ENTIRE wedding around that and cannot change it on such short notice. I agree about threatening to “speak to your lawyer” about it if they don’t budge.

This is not legal advice. 

Post # 10
Member
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MASPA:  Then it’s a non-issue. How can they change your ceremony time when it’s written in the contract right there? I would just show them the contract and remind them that they have to give you 45 minutes. Period. They can’t agrue with the contract…??

Post # 12
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1936 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MASPA:  If your contract states that you get 45 minutes, they are legally obligated to honor that time frame. As long as you havent changed your time (which it sounds like you haven’t) I would point out to them that this is the agreement they signed. If you have a friend that’s a lawyer, have them make a phone call if the venue is continuing to give you a hard time. Often, that’s all that is needed to have them back down.

Good luck!

Post # 13
Member
6745 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MASPA:  Sounds like they can’t unilaterally make changes.  Stick to your guns, missy!  Again, not legal advice 🙂

Post # 16
Hostess
16217 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@MASPA:  From the perspective of a former bride, I think everything you’re saying makes sense. It doesn’t matter what the 2012 contract is if you signed in 2011. We signed a majority of our contracts in 2009 for our 2011 wedding and despite the fact that our reception venue made MAJOR changes to their terms by 2011, our 2009 contract was honored, as your 2011 one should be.

Keep with the nice as long as possible, but don’t be afraid to be stern if needed! 🙂

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