- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2014
We have a tentative booking for our date at a gorgeous venue and we have been sent a long contract to sign. My SO, being an attorney, looked over the contract and there’s a couple of issues with it and I am wondering what others think. The rest of the contract is perfectly fine but…
“ Loss & Damage The Resort is extremely careful when looking after guests and their belongings. Unfortunately, we will not be held responsible for the damage or loss of items before, during or after the function. Any damage caused to the Resort property during the wedding reception is your financial responsibility.”
That does not specify our guests at all, nor does it specify the reception location of the gazebo and garden. It says “resort property” which means legally, if ANY damage to ANY part of the resort occurs while our reception is being held, we can be held financially responsible for it. If some idiot resort guest decides to damage hotel property yet isn’t caught out, technically we are signing to say we will take responsibility for this damage no matter where on the resort it occurs, no matter who does it, no matter what cost.
“Should we receive complaints from our other in house guests in regards to excessive noise from your group, unfortunately we will hold you responsible for any compensation that is required to be made on our behalf to those guests.”
So… if another hotel guest decides we are too noisy and demand their room be paid for (or any other compensation), technically we would be legally responsible for that cost. The level of noise is completely at their discretion. It is basically a blank cheque signed over without any limitation or any say in what we will and will not pay for.
Of course, these things are unlikely… but we spoke to the wedding co-ordinator of the resort, and she agreed, and then spoke to the General Manager who basically said “If you have concerns regarding the behaviour of your guests, we don’t want you here.” That completely missed our point. We are eloping! We have FOUR guests, three of them aged between 60 – 75 and my 13 year old daughter! It’s not OUR guests we are worried about. It’s the liability of every other person on that resort who happens to be around our reception at the same time. Now I am annoyed because the GM probably thinks we’re trouble makers, which we really aren’t. We just want to make sure we are not signing a contract that potentially could make us fork over thousands of extra dollars because it wasn’t worded clearly.
We were looking on TripAdvisor at this resort, and everytime someone had a bad review of the place, this same GM would respond to them, half the time his response was twice as long as the original complaint! He seemed VERY defensive and I don’t think ranting and raving on a public forum when you’re the GM of a large resort is very professional… but unfortunately, this is the man we would be dealing with in regards to the contract wording. Apparently they have never had any problems with the contract before (which I believe) but they have probably never had an attorney (other than theirs, perhaps) look over the wording of the contract and realise the position it would legally put the marrying couple in.
I really like this place, but it makes me worry that not only would we be leaving ourselves open, but also that the GM thinks we are trouble makers now and will be an asshat to us.