Post # 1
So last night we found out that the hotel where we were holding both our ceremony and reception is closing for good on Monday. We now have 43 days to find an alternative location to get married. We are now competing with various Christmas functions and I live in a small location that doesn’t have many options. On top of everything I’ve just found out our officiant only agreed to do our wedding because she had another wedding just down the street directly after ours so now will the venue change it looks like we will have to try to find a new officiant! Needless to say I am freaking out right now.
Post # 3
good god! surely they can’t do that?! are they going to refund you? do you have wedding insurance?
hope you are able to find somewhere quickly… it’s easier said, but try to stay calm, i’m sure it will work out. good luck!
Post # 4
Been there… done that.
My first wedding (circa 1980) our venue went bankrupt within a month of our day. It was a very stressful time for us.
There was of course the need to find a NEW Venue, but also in the fact that there was a Deposit lost (was around $ 500 back then as I recall). And of course the Invites were already out.
Thankfully, My Dad came thru. He spread the word thru our community to everyone he knew (I also lived in Rural Canada).
And in the end we ended up at a Local Sports Club Hall… when someone whom he worked with said he could use it (the member sponsored him).
Sure it meant that EVERYTHING had to change… in that we now needed a Caterer, DJ and a Bartender and Booze etc (the original venue was full-service and we were getting all those things included)
My Dad also had Reminder Cards printed (business card size… printed to match our Invites) that we mailed out as soon as we had the info for the new Reception Venue. And following the Ceremony at the Church, we had someone handing out directions to the new Venue as well.
BUT in the end it all worked out, and was a great fit for us. Probably more so than the original spot would of been.
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So spread the word… and start looking beyond the “regular” spots…
Country Clubs and Restaurants with larger seperate rooms are certainly an option (although this can be a pricey because you’ll no doubt have to buy all your food & drink thru them)
For Self Catering… take a look at Community Centres – Church Halls – Legion Halls – Volunteer Halls (ie Knights of Columbus – Free Masons – Lions Club – Rotary Club) – Recreation Facilities with Meeting Halls (Curling Rinks – Hockey Arenas – Pool & Tennis Club Houses etc)
Hope this helps,
(( HUGS ))
Post # 5
I’m so, so sorry. That’s a terrible thing to have happen. I hope everything works out for you.
Post # 6
I’m so sorry to hear this! Make sure you send them a certified letter demanding all your money back (if they went bankrupt, you might not get it, but at least you’ll have proof that you tried if it goes to civil litigation), and good luck in finding a new venue! Things will work out!
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
I’m sorry to hear about that, don’t worry about the Xmas parties though, your wedding will bring in much more money than a smaller Xmas party so venues are more likely to go with you if they aren’t already booked.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I’m so sorry! Delegate! If you make a list of possible venues, split up the phone calls/emails. Have Mom/FMIL/someone take care of finding a new officiant for you.
Post # 9
So sorry to hear this! Big hugs to you!
Post # 10
@islanderbride: Yikes! First things first, take a look at your contract. I would definitely fight to get my deposit back, since they didn’t even make an attempt to fill the terms of your contract. I agree with the PP who suggested certified mail in case you decide to go the legal procedure route.
Next, start some serious searching online for venues, and spread the word among friends and family. PEI isn’t huge, so there’s a good chance someone knows something! Consider all types of venues: restaurants, golf courses, museums, hotels, Inns, anything that has enough capacity for your guests.
Here’s a link that has a list of 86 venues on PEI – hopefully something close by will work out!
Post # 11
I’m so sorry! 🙁 Try to get any money you’ve paid back. You’ll find something, just look high and low. Breath.
Post # 12
Oh my! Best of luck to you! You never know, the perfect alternative might be just around the corner. A town/church/sports club/school community center perhaps?
Post # 13
Thanks for all your kind words! Needless to say its been a hectic weekend. Thankfully we were able to get our deposit back…now whether the cheque clears is another story. We were able to book in with another venue…we will have our ceremony in an art gallery and our reception in a conference room.
I’m so disappointed about all that has happened this past weekend. Our original location was brand new and we were getting married in a penthouse with a beautiful view overlooking the town and the water. it’s hard to compare other locations to a penthouse suite but I’m happy with the new location. The manager is really easygoing and the venue is going to cost a quarter of what the original venue was.
I’ve also decided to hire a decorator now with the extra money we saved as the new location is a bit of a blank slate and I don’t even know where to start to turn it into a wedding. The old venue was smaller and the gorgeous view was the decor but the art gallery is larger and I could use the help!
The last piece of the puzzle is locating new hotel rooms and rates for everyone. I have some calls into other hotels in the area and should have everything sorted out by the end of the week.
Post # 14
@islanderbride: I’m so happy to read everything seems to have fallen into place. Great job! Sounds like a good decision with the decorator. I’m sure it’ll work out with the hotel rooms. I will keep my fingers crossed!
Post # 15
@islanderbride: so happy you worked it out!!! Don’t worry about the change of venue, a blank slate for decor is AMAZING and with 75% of your venue budget back in your pocket, I’m sure it will turn out BEAUTIFULLY!
What venue is it, if you don’t mind me asking? Maybe we could help suggest decor?
Post # 16
Glad you found a new venue. What is it with people thinking it’s ok to do this… I know they probably had no control but wow. My officiant cancelled on me 3 weeks out from my wedding so I know the rush feeling in fiding an replacement for that particular vendor.