Post # 1
Has anyone heard of a venue not doing contracts until the following year??
I went to visit a great venue today. The catering manager let me know that the price list I received was for 2010 weddings and that prices would be slightly more for 2011. I asked her which price would be reflected in the contract and she said that they don’t sign any contracts until January 1st for the following year. So for my June 2011 wedding, they want me to wait until Jan. 1st 2011. This seems crazy to me. Am I wrong? Anyone else encountered this?
Post # 3
That’s really weird. I signed April 2009 for August 2010.
Post # 4
I signed mine a year and a half in advance and I am also getting married in June 2011.
Post # 5
That is very strange, my venue had a policy to wait 12 months in advance but they let me sign a contract 13 months ahead of time. I would not wait that long to book a reception site
Post # 6
I haven’t heard of this but we did encounter places that would only let you book your wedding a year out. So you could book now for a June 2011 wedding. Rules like that make me nervous because who knows how many people are waiting to book on the exact same day and by then a lot of other venues are already bookes.
Post # 7
I’ve never heard of that, and it sounds like price-gouging to me. They won’t let you sign the contract until 2011 because they want you to have to pay 2011 prices. We signed with all of our vendors in 2009 and got their 2009 prices, including our venue which we booked over a year in advance.
Post # 8
Seems way weird!! What if you wanted like January 5th or something! So odd.
Post # 9
There is something very off there. I’ve seen places that make you wait until a year in advance (so booking through June 2011 weddings right now) but not until the year the event takes place. Like june42011 said – what if you wanted to have an early January event?!?
I think I’d take my business elsewhere.
Post # 10
I think its weird that they do it by the year, that they dont sign 2011 til January 1st regardless of when the date is. Is it possible it was a misunderstanding and they dont book until a year out from the actual date?
Where I worked before we only booked social events 12 months out and corporate events 18 months out. This way if someone booked in June 2009 for June 2010 they would still have the prices they contracted with regardless of it if increased. If we booked June 2011 in June 2009 without a clause that prices could change, we wouldve lost alot of money because of price increases.
Post # 11
Here is my situation.
We booked our reception venue late last year. We signed a contract with them, but were told that the prices for food weren’t “locked in” until 3 months before the wedding. We’re going in soon to make our menu choices.
Post # 12
I don’t think they are trying to price gauge and I think they are reputable. The venue is owned and operated by the military and I know they have strange rules sometimes. Maybe it’s something like what SanDiegoAli said and they will hold your date but not give a contract that far in advance? I’m really confused so I think I will call and ask a few more questions tomorrow.
Post # 13
Some venues and other vendors do business that way, so yes, I have heard of it. The venue that we picked in November of last year was not like that, so we didn’t have to worry about it for that vendor, but when we started looking for our cake, one of the bakeries told me that I needed to wait until a couple of months prior to the wedding to even do a tasting. Needless to say, I didn’t go with them, and I am glad because we found a much better bakery.