Post # 1
My wedding is in less than 2 months. We booked this place in Feb with a deposit and our CC on retainer. It’s a family owned place and it was a resturaunt buyout for a Thursday night in July.
So this past Tuesday I get a call from the son-in-law that we’ve dealt with that runs the place (father in law owns it and made the doublebooking error) and he informs me that he’s "so sorry" but someone else booked the place over a year ago for that same night. Fishy? maybe. But regardless, we are out of luck.
So we’ve been searching for something close by, and we think we’ve found another place…. but here is my question: Do most places have you sign a contract for a buyout or banquet reservation?
We didn’t have one with place #1 and place #2 doesn’t have one either and I really feel that this is just to protect them. Curious to hear your thoughts.
Post # 3
I think this thread a great example as to why is it important for brides to get contracts for every vendor they use. Ask venue #2 for a contract. If they don’t have one, work with them to develop one.
Post # 4
I second Niki. As an attorney (or almost attorney), I have made sure that we have something in writing with every vendor. You’d be surprised what can count as a contract — even just you writing out the date, place, price and having you and the vendor sign it would be enough. There doesn’t need to be anything fancy if they don’t have a pre-made contract.
So sorry about your first venue! That’s definitely not something you should have to deal with, especially this close to your wedding!
Post # 5
I’ve always been told that in Ca once you exchange money for services that is considered a verbally binding contract (if there’s been no written one).
It’s very frustrating, I normally do contracts with everyone, (I’m a business owner and know how this stuff can go) but since I’m not familiar with restaurants and my inlaws were handling it out of state, i had thought either they had signed an agreement or that the deposit spoke for itself. (stupid!)
Come to find out, the venue only placed a ‘hold’ on the cc, didn’t actually charge it, so I have nothing to go on.
But now that the 2nd venue doesn’t do contracts, it got me wondering if this is normal in the rest. biz?
Post # 6
I’m using Buca Di Beppo for my rehersal dinner and they have a hold right now but there’s a contract that I need to sign this week… I plan on having copies… So I assume most places have contracts….