so my venue cancelled on me

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

How can they do this? Did you not have a contract with them to lock in the date? It sounds like you have paid a deposit!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Is that even legal? Did you sign a contract?  Or put down a deposit?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@mrsedwardslpn:  Unless they were just holding it for you without a contract they, legally, cannot do that. Since you’ve paid a deposit that doesn’t sound ilke the case. I would go over your contract and check to make sure there isn’t some sort of weird clause in there and if there isn’t I’d tell them “No, I have a contract which is a legal obligation so I will not be changing my date.”

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@mrsedwardslpn:  Ummm…I’d talk to a lawyer. If you have a contract, they can’t do that. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yep. In that case, they’re most likely in breach of contract. Definitely time to lawyer up. 

I’d revisit the contract and make sure they didn’t include some strange clause that gets them out of liability. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mrsedwardslpn:  You need to speak to a lawyer ASAP. This is total bullshit & completely unacceptable. When I read your thread title my stomach sunk to my feet. I am SO sorry you are going through this. That venue is incredibly inconsiderate!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Talk to a lawyer.  That’s so unprofessional. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mrsedwardslpn:  Tread carefully…

 

1. Re-read your contract in full. Look for any phrases that say “We reserve the right to…” or any clauses or ammendments to the contract.

 

2. Gather all material retlated to payment that show when it was made (including payments). You want to show that you “purchased” your spot and when you did it. Sometimes, venues can take your money but then, if it’s in a timeline that is listed in the contract you signed, they reserve the right to essentially, “change their mind”. You really have to read your contact. How do I know this? Because I have booked (non-wedding) events before and it has happened. Then you complain and they show you the sheet you signed that states this and you have to go boo-hoo in your own corner because…yep…that’s your name!

 

3. It’s their establishment. It is likely in your contact they say something along the lines of “We reserve the right, when done at least ____ amount of days before your event, to cancel, should we feel necessary” or some other line of crap. It’s their out to doing what it is they are doing. And yes, as long as that is there…it’s bullshit but it’s legal.

 

4. Look up local laws to your state about cancelling venues…something like “cancelled wedding venue (then name of your local city) to see exactly what you can do. There might be a course of action you have to follow to get what you deserve.

 

5. Did you provide them any reason, you can find to cancel your event? Were there rules or requirements not followed? Were you late on a payment? Was a check returned? Credit card declined? Was this an actual contract or an application that was filled out but not a legally binding document? Were you able to meet all the minimum financial requirements (ie: meal and beverage minimums?)?

 

 

 

Next time you book, read your contract. Ask how they handle canceling bookings and explain what happened to you this time. Be sure to ask how you can avoid it in the future. And maybe do some research on the venue before you book, from other brides. Sometimes places are known for this and you can prevent it. I am positive this is so stressful for you but hang in there. There is something better for you out there.

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Sue their asses!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Contact your local news station and tell the what happened!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i’m sorry, but that’s a bunch of bullshit. if you had a contract and it was paid in full, they have no right to cancel on you. sorry, but no. 

first, call a lawyer. then, call the news (buffalo news, ynn, wivb, whoever you can get to listen to you). don’t go down without a fight. make sure you have everything in writing, make sure you have any and all info you need.

is this the japanese gardens? or your reception venue? either way, it’s still bullshit and they need to be called out on their crap.

 

 

 

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