Post # 1
Hi, I’ve been posting about our situation…
We can’t afford to have a traditional wedding reception after all. Fortunately we have found two K of C’s (Knights of Columbus) that are free that day/evening to rent. We are seeing them both tomorrow.
What I am freaking out about right now is breaking this news to the people at the hall. We booked the place last May and put a deposit of $2500. I think some of that deposit goes to the company that they team up with (in which we receive a limo, DJ, photographer, video) and whom I just signed a contract with. I have paid nothing but that deposit.
No more money is due until at least May for that hall. If I cancel the hall at this point, do you guys think they would make us pay for anything (the rest of the balance — although how would they know that, they don’t know how many guests are coming yet)?
Post # 3
I think you need to read the contract. Different places will have different policies for this type of thing. You might run into trouble since they may not be able to rebook the hall for that date with less than 6 months left.
Post # 4
This is the cancellation policy from my contract…
If you should need to cancel or reduce the size of your event, that the hotel would suffer damages in an amount which would be difficult to determine. We have mutually agreed that you will pay an amount to the hotel as reasonable liquidated damages equal to a percentage of the total contracted price above. In the event the event is cancelled:
Date of signing to 90 days in advance 25%
89 days to 60 days in advance 45%
59 to 30 days in advance 60%
29 or less days in advance 80%
Post # 5
I agree with Hot Child. You need to read over your contract and call them ASAP. During my first engagment I had to call off my wedding and I called them ASAP to let them know. So I only lost the deposit money and nothing else.
Post # 6
I called and they said if I let them know by this week (next Friday) they won’t make me pay…
Post # 7
It all depends on your contract. Glad to hear that they are working with you. I hope this works out!
Post # 8
I’m still feeling nervous actually. The person I spoke with, well we spoke on the phone. What if they change their minds…It’s normally six months and we’re canceling four and a half months in advance.
We’ve obviously got to get this in writing that it’s okay. ASAP. I don’t know how that will happen, I didn’t think to ask. I hope he’ll be in tomorrow (Saturday).
The thing is we’re going to K of C tomorrow and I might want to book the place (K of C) right then and there, b/c it’s amazing that they still have our wedding date open and it’s such a good deal. But I’m scared we’ll put down a deposit, then our old hall could tell us we have to pay them anyway…..
So, so worried….