Slapped with unreasonable ceremony venue rule. Scrambling!!

posted 3 years ago in South Carolina
Post # 3
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If that was not on your original contract I’d fight it. Shoot, I’d start calling the mayors office the county board, whomever is at the top of the food chain there because that is a overly ridiculous rule. Your right, what’s the point of paying for the spot then if all you can do is stand there like every other Joe blow. 

Post # 4
Member
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@lovecacti:  

 

That is crazy.

 

In general I’m a low-conflict person, but I would be raising holy hell with them until they gave in. Like, letters to the editor/calling the local news station/going to the top of the management food chain. Charleston is a huge wedding/tourist destination; letting people plan weddings and THEN slapping crazy restrictions (no CHAIRS in a park? What? This is not throwing rice or dancing on antique parquet we’re talking about!)? Not okay. Not okay at all.

 

Post # 5
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d also have your coordinator get in touch with the other brides and have them get on the phone with the powers that be also. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. 

Post # 6
Member
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@tksjewelry:  Jinx!

Seriously, though, OP. This is nuts and while I’m sure whatever underling at the department your planner talked to was telling her the truth about the new rules, that’s a crazy rule and with a will and some polite but determined calling, I bet you can get, at a minimum, grandfathered in.

Post # 8
Member
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@lovecacti:  that is ridiculous.  i would certainly argue this.  how can they expect your elderly guests not to sit down.  how many guests are you having?

this is a park.  do people picnic here (they would bring a lawn chair) or what kind of park is it? 

i’m just kidding here but what would they do if you provided everyone with a wheelchair?  nothing they could do about that one.

Post # 9
Member
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@lovecacti:  They aren’t charging you for your 1st amendment right to assemble. You can still assemble, just not set up chairs and decorations. 

Most parks (city, county, regional, etc.) don’t allow chairs or decor due to extra coordination and the possible damage to the park infrastructure. They might have changed the rules because one to many other parties ruined it for everyone else.

I’m sorry, but that’s one of the risks of using a public space. 

Post # 10
Member
1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’d fight it. Worst comes to worst, have people bring gold up camping chairs? 

Post # 11
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7397 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@bitsybee:  I agree with you. People fail to realise the amount of money that goes into the upkeep of parks and municipal facilities.

I would say they had to change the rules due to damage done by other events that used chairs.

That said I would probably sneak in just enough chairs for thise that truly need them and shorten my ceremony to ensure other guests are not standing around for too long.

Post # 13
Member
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow that’s dumb !! If its not in original contract show them that. 

Post # 14
Member
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@lovecacti:  did you have to pay a fee to have your ceremony at the park?  i would think if there is a “wedding ceremony” fee, they should allow you at least some chairs.

Post # 15
Member
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lovecacti:  I would contact the facility and talk to a real person about it.  It might be a cover your butt addition to the contract so they can freely veto anything that gets out of control, but will happily turn a blind eye to a couple small chairs.

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