Post # 1
I think we have finally selected our venue. It was over our initial budget but we can bring in our own caterer and alcohol so that will save us a chunk of change.
Reading through the venue contract, their fee will be about 3,350 for the rooms we want to use. (Ceremony/Reception in the same building, but different rooms)
This is pretty average for Seattle but this venue is a bit south of the city.
They are requiring that we return the place to them in the same way we found it — to include vacuuming and mopping all of the floors, and breaking down tables/chairs.
(They will setup chairs/tables for us in the morning though!)
Is that weird?
I’ve asked my DOC if there are parts of that she can deal with for us, and also the caterers – asked if they would mop the reception area (I am fully expecting to pay a fee for this service).
I know I could ask family/friends but I would prefer to not have to ask them!
Post # 3
I’ve never heard of having to clean up the space as far as mopping, etc. goes I’d probably hire a cleaning crew to come in and do it. It won’t be terribly expensive.
Post # 4
That’s ridiculous. What kind of venue is this? They should include cleaning in the cost of doing business. No way would I agree to that.
Post # 5
I would send back the contract signed with the mopping part excluded, lol. That’s not standard. We had to leave our venue cleaned out of all items, but didn’t have to sweep/mop/vacuum.
Post # 6
that’s ridiculous. i have never heard of such and thing and would never sign a contract agreeing to that.
i suggest you look for another place.
or if you have your heart set on this place, see if they will discount the rental fee for whatever it will cost you to hire someone to clean it.
Post # 7
Our venue is making us do the same thing. Wish I’d booked somewhere else.
Post # 8
Our wedding venue had the same clause, but would refund us $200.00 if we left it clean.
Post # 9
What a pain! I agree, mopping is a bit much. Getting all of your stuff out of there is acceptable, but they should be covering the cleaning. If they’re not and they won’t agree to it, I would definitely hire a cleaning service. Well worth it so your loved ones aren’t left sweeping and mopping in their nice clothes! That will put a damper on the night real fast!
Post # 10
I think some tear down is common, like taking the centre pieces home and any other decor. I have never heard of the venue expecting people to mop and vaccum!
Post # 11
Are they asking you to return it to the way it was IMMEDIATELY following your wedding? Or can you do it the next moring? Either way I would say screw the $200 deposit and let them clean it up!
Post # 12
@scarlet_letter: This is what we found for all of the Seattle municipal buildings. You should probably check with your other vendors–sometimes the caterer will do most of the cleanup, or you can hire someone for a pretty reasonable price.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2013 - Sodo Park
I don’t think this is standard but it’s definitely not unheard of. When we toured Sanctuary at Admiral the venue coordinator told us that she had to sweep/mop after her wedding and said something like “it was quite a site to be sweeping in my wedding gown!” Bummer that this isn’t included, though!
Post # 14
@MrsJKH2be: The venue deposit is 1k.
We can have 4 hours of time on Sunday to come back in and clean, IF we pay for their “weekend wedding” package. Bringing our venue cost from 3350 to 4750 (which would also give us Friday 9-5 to set up.)
Doesn’t seem cost effective to me…
Post # 15
@scarlet_letter: that seems excessive
Can you hire some college kids/cleaning service to come in and do it on the cheap?
Post # 16
I have never heard of this.
Cleaning up after the wedding would be the LAST thing I would have wanted to do Sunday morning. I would forgo the $1K deposit or hire a cleaning crew to come in and vaccum, etc.