Ridiculous NEW Fees being added- may be illegal!

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 5
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795 posts
Busy bee

@StarIzInkd:  as soon as the word wedding is mentioned, it’s like…..oh, that will be an additional 4 thousand dollars! Lol

Post # 6
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8425 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@StarIzInkd:  Sorry to hear you’re dealing with this.  Does it say anything in your contract about all these extra fees?

Post # 7
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209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@StarIzInkd:  are they calming it as a fee or saying its part of the tax? I hate hidden fees but not sure if there is anything you can do past paying them or finding somewhere else as I feel that there arent as heavy regulations for weddings. I know hotels have rules but thats only for lodging so they can take all they want for events.

Post # 8
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2878 posts
Sugar bee

@StarIzInkd:  Here it’s less gratuities but more tax (18% gratuities and 15% taxes). That’s awful. To give you an idea, a bottle of wine I would buy at the liquor store 15$ would be sold 30$ at the venue, plus all the fees = almost 45$ a bottle. That’s just insane. I’ve never bought any 45$ bottle of wine by myself, why would you expect me to pay 15 of those for my wedding ? And so on … so a week before paying the deposit I stepped back and we re-evaluated our priorities. We just can’t justify to pay that much especially with our tiny budget, for us it would mean getting into debts.

The extra 20% makes no sense. What are administration fees ? It’s ridiculous. If it’s not in the contract you should not pay for it. It’s a good thing your FI decided to complain about it, I’m not sure it’s legal either.

Post # 10
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576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I guess I’m not understanding how its a problem unless they don’t tell you what it is upfront? I mean, you can take it or leave it, right? What’s the difference between charging a fee or just adding it into the rental fee?

Post # 11
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8706 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

From what I can see it isn’t illegal. A couple blogging websites I found state that it is used for various things — covering staff costs, food & drink.

ETA: If you don’t want to pay the fee, don’t. You can see if you can haggle them down or simply find a different venue.

Post # 12
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518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Why is it illegal?  Businesses can charge whatever “fees” they want – you can either agree to them or not.  I don’t think there’s anything illegal about it…

Post # 14
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8706 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

One could argue that 10,000 is going to rent the space, then the tip, and then the administration fee to cover the cost of services.

Post # 15
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7098 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

As long as they are telling you upfront about all the costs, I don’t see how any of this would be illegal. You are free not to choose them as a vendor.

Post # 16
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1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Couldn’t they just decide to raise their prices by 20% instead of calling it a “fee” on the backend?

Assuming they were upfront about it from the beginning, put it in the contract, and you signed off on it, I’m not sure how it’s illegal for a private business to charge whatever prices or fees they want. That’s not taking advantage, thats running a business that you are free to contract with or not. If they were trying to upcharge you beyond the scope of the contract you signed, then yeah, I could see that being arguable.

Even if the government imposed regulations making such a fee illegal, I’m sure businesses that wanted to charge this additional amount would just build it into their rates.

 

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