Sadness! Help! Scaffolding covering church week before wedding…

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
3637 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Can you ask them for some of that money back? Renovations are planned for many months in advance, how did they neglect to let you know until now? 

Post # 3
3637 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Although, if you are allowed to climb on the scaffolding that could make for some pretty awesome and unique photos! 

Post # 4
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

What a bummer! I am so sorry. Think happened at a local and very popular church and I attended two weddings during the time the scaffolding was up. It was such a bummer! 

I would definitely look into possibly getting a small refund if possible, doesn’t hurt to ask. Is there any location nearby that would work for pictures?

Post # 5
632 posts
Busy bee

Yikes, $2500 is a lot of money for a ceremony location IMO and you should definitely ask for some of it back. 

Post # 6
3841 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Kwhoa:   Restorations are planned long in advance, with bids from contractors, several meetings, probably months of planning.  Someone needs to explain why you weren’t told of this much, much sooner.

Post # 7
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I agree with PP’s that this isn’t good enough. The venue I got married at was a historical house and it is in my contract that from time to time external repairs/restoration may be required – normally these are carried out during July when the venue closees for weddings but some may be emergencies done out of this time resulting in some scaffolding. All fair as they gave me prior notice.  Did they give you no notice in your contract that this could occur?  If not then I’d be asking for some money back.

Post # 9
7289 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Astra:  Not entirely true. If new restoration repairs appear and they are of public safety concerns, you know like a steeple falling down, then they are required to fix them as soon as possible. This could result in little time to notify anyone.

Kwhoa:  I very much doubt you would be entitled to any refunds. And it would be pretty insutling to the church to ask since you will basically be saying we chose your church not for the spiritual significance but for the pretty photos. A church isn’t a prop for wedding photos, it is a religious building where people confirm their committment to marriage in front of God. 

Post # 11
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

j_jaye:  I think its pretty silly to think that the church would be insulted to know that you chose that church because of its beauty. If it were JUST about spiritual significance, churches wouldnt be full of carved wood and stained glass and steeples. They’d just be plain buildings that you come to to worship.

Churches in large cities especially know that people come there because of the looks and photo opportunities. In my city there are churches that even offer non-denominational ceremonies because they know that people want to get married there because of the beauty of the building. 

OP, I think you have every right to ask for a discounted rate due to the inability to take photos outside because of the renovations. I imagine if you’d known about the renovations ahead of time you’d have found a different venue…so they shouldnt be allowed to have you over a barrel because of their timing

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