Ugh reception location contract

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

When you put down your deposit, was the agreement for no minimum? If so, was it verbal or in writing.? She can’t just change the terms on you after the deposit is down and the agreement is made. If it was verbal, you will have a harder time getting your way, but if you have an email or written contract that mentions the no minimum, you should be golden. 

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

@waitingforthering2:  If it’s not in the contract it can’t be enforced. My venue brought in new contracts 6 months after we signed our initial one and wanted us to sign onto those – they had additional charges in them for set up which were not in our original one. I pointed this out to them and they had to agree I would not be subject to those charges.

Post # 8
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2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@waitingforthering2:  Try to work something out with them, but if you can’t, you can always go to another restaurant – competitive bids can often get sales people to change their tune. 

Worst case scenario, you can always Yelp them. 😉

Post # 10
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123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That’s annoying.  I ran into a problem with my rehearsal dinner venue.  I had reserved the restaurant for a Friday night and we were discussing options for a special menu.  A few weeks later there was a new manager and she said they no longer do special events on Friday nights.  I complained that I had already reserved the spot months ago, but she wouldn’t budge.  I didn’t have a contract though so I didn’t fight it.  If I were you, I’d maybe try to fight with them a little bit more.

Post # 11
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96 posts
Worker bee

I’m sorry you’re going through this – it must be so frustrating, but I think you should DEFINITELY find another venue.  Even if they agree to the no minimum, if they are being this shady NOW, what are they going to be like on your wedding day??  

Good luck to you!

Post # 13
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2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@waitingforthering2:  yeah, if I had 25 people, I’d cook at home too. You get more control over the menu and it just feels more intimate. 

Is the $4k minimum still out of budget?

Post # 15
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2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@waitingforthering2: Sorry I don’t have the full context – are you having two different receptions? Yeah, if it rains, you might have to rent a tent and there goes your budget! 

I talked with a restaurant in SF, and their minimum for 40 people was about $6k for brunch which is pretty reasonable. If you can’t switch the meal or day for a more budget-friendly, you at least have a good backup plan!

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