Post # 1
Well went to look at the reception location with my mom this weekend(Dallas, TX). When we got there we couldn’t go upstairs. When we talked to the security guard he informed us that they went bankrupt last week and were no longer in business. They took our deposit along with several other bride’s deposits. So 5 months to the wedding I’m having to find another reception location. I’m so upset I have no clue what to do next. We closed this place back in May and even back then were having a hard time finding available locations then. On top of that we’re on a budget and now are working with even less! Guess this is me venting more than anything. Just can’t believe this is happening. And feel soo bad for the other brides involved. Anyone else experience something like this?
Post # 3
Okay, if you had a contract, that’s legally binding–a lawyer should be able to help you get your deposit back. That really sucks…I hope things work out for you!
Post # 4
I wish you were in SC, I just had to cancel my contract with my venue (for January 22) due to personal financial reasons! I’m sorry this is happening though. Is there any way you can take action against them for taking the deposit? Just start looking as soon as possible and I’m sure you’ll find something that is perfect!
Post # 5
I am sorry that this happened to you as it happened to me. 🙁 We put a deposit in however, thankfully, we got our deposit back and found another venue 3 weeks later. Things happen for a reason! Always. There is a good reason that you didn’t have your wedding there.
As for the deposit, do you have the owner’s personal contact infomation?
Post # 6
Why did you choose this venue in the first place? Was it the location, ambiance, price, staff?
Have you considered hotel venues? A lot of them in your area and you should be able to find something.
I guess a destination wedding in Salida, CO would be out of the question?
Post # 7
This happened to a ton of brides where I live in Fort Wayne, IN. The place is opening back up under different management so MAYBE there is still hope….some. Hope it all works out for you. So sorry this happened.
Post # 8
Contact your state attorney general’s office. Ask them what kind of recourse is available.
If the company was limited liability (LLC), there may not be much that can be done to get the deposit back
Post # 9
I am so sorry.
I hope you are able to find another venue in time that is affordable and that you like.
Unfortunately, you may never see your deposit. When companies go bankrupt certain creditors get higher priority than others.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone for your advice! I had originally choose this place because they were highly reviewed on sites like the knot.com and I had a friend who got married there. They were running the best deal out of all the places I looked but it looks like that was for a reason. Apparently it’s a family owned business and they’ve been hemorrhaging cash for some time. We called the credit card company to make sure they didn’t charge us our next scheduled payment. Which they hadn’t. There was one bride who got charged another payment the week they filed! I then found the other brides affected by this who are joinging together to confront these owners. Looks like the owner took everyone’s deposits and headed to OH to open a restaurant there. His press announcement (of his new restaurant) was earlier in the month before anyone found out! But that of course wasn’t before taking his entire family on a vacation on our dime. Luckily I have the lawyer’s name and got the bankruptcy filing to give to the credit card company. With proof we might have a shot at getting some back.
Lesson learned! I’m not giving any vendor a large deposit up front unless they are doing something! Cause If this happens again we will have to postpone.
On a high note- I’ve already found a few places in the area I’m excited about! 🙂
Post # 11
ok positive takeaways:
1) you havent sent out invitations yet, so you can be somewhat flexible with the date
2) thank god you didn’t have the second payment charged
3) it sounds like you have a really good case against the owners, who sound like total scuzbags
Post # 12
Just wondering if you found a suitable venue and are all ready for January 22?
Post # 13
Oh my goodness I am SO sorry! I hope something works out for you my dear! I cant even begin to imagine what your feeling! Prayers and Hugs!!!
I luckily talked to some REAL brides I found that had used our venue, who were happy to inform me and update me on their latest “troubles”
I am so glad I found these brides who told me about the lawsuits being filed against the venue! We were about to put our deposit down that week! But something told me to do this, and sure as heck glad we did! I would have been kicking myself!