Post # 1
I’m new here and can’t believe I’m in a crisis for my first post! Anyway, my fiance and I found the perfect venue for our ceremony and reception. We picked a date, signed the contract, and put down the deposit. Being just 8 months away from our wedding, we immediately started talking to vendors, buying decor, etc. One of our favorite things about this venue is that we have no restrictions on vendors and the only alcohol restriction stated in the contract is that alcohol cannot be sold. Additionally, when we visited the venue, we discussed thr location of the bar. I started reaching out to bartenders and emailed the venue owner to verify that our bartender has the correct licensing for that state as we are in an area where 4 states are close and licensing requirements can vary. I recieved a return email stating that they prefer to have no alcohol but if we do have it we must use their preferred bartender. I was a bit surprised as this eas not stated anywhere in the contract, but whatever. I was fine using whoever. Their preferred person only chargrs $25 per hour so its no big deal. I called the number they gave me and the woman told me she hasnt told the venue yet but she is no longer bartending private events but can refer me to someone else. OK. I emailed the venue and asked if they have someone else they would like me to use, if I should contact the person I was referred to, or identify another licensed and insured professional bartender. I then recieved a phone call stating that they will now have a no alcohol policy since the only person they trusted can no longer provide that service. Really? Can they do that? Frankly, this is a dealbreaker for us. Not that we want a raging party, but we do want to celebrate with our favorite beer and wine. If the only restriction stated in the contract is that no alcohol may be sold, am I within my rights to put my foot down and insist that we will be serving alcohol (if we have to limit it to beer and wine that is fine).
Post # 3
Ask them if they will honor your contract and allow you to provide alcohol. If they refuse to honor the contract, it would only be right for them to give you back any and all money you paid them (deposit, etc.) ASAP so you can find somewhere else.
Post # 4
Absolutely. They signed a contract with you. They can either honour it, or refund your money so you can cancel.
Post # 5
What does it say about this in your contract?
Post # 6
The contract is pretty loose. It just states under “Alcohol Policy” that “Alcohol cannot be sold.” I discussed bringing in the alcohol and hiring a bartender and the location of the bar with the owner of the facility. (It is a small venue operated by one woman who does wedding planning as a side business.)
Now I’m in a rather awkward situation. I just received a voicemail from the woman who operates the venue apologizing profusely and explaining the situation. Apparently, her husband is adamantly against drinking and has been under the impression that she has been operating a dry facility. (Keep in mind she’s been operating this facility for 3 years.) He recently began reading her business emails and Facebook messages, and came across my email inquiring about the bartender licensing. She explained that he “went off” last night and stood there while she called me to tell me that there is no alcohol under any circumstances. Now, this morning, she’s saying that she knew from the beginning that I was planning to bring alcohol and hire a bartender and that is all fine, I just can’t discuss it in email anymore in order to keep her husband in the dark about it. OK – her husband’s name is not on any of the paperwork regarding the facility, in fact, this is the first time he’s been mentioned, my concern is that his name might be on the property. I’m going to do some investigation and find out if he has any legal rights to dictate what can and cannot be done there (to protect myself from any wedding day drama), and if I do proceed, get a written document from her stating that she understands that we will be providing our own alcohol to be served by a licensed bartender. However, if I discover that her husband has any rights to dictate the activities in the facility, it sounds like I will be venue shopping again.
Ugh! At the very least this is all very unprofessional, and at the worst it sounds like this man is controlling and possibly abusive!
Post # 7
when a contract is vague, it errs in favor of the person who signed, not the person who wrote the contract. like… you.
i am not a lawyer… i work at a gas station. this is just what i have heard.