Post # 1
I have been negotiating with my Venue for some time now, they were to expensive but desperately needed the business. I sent them a spreadsheet of what I was willing to pay for the venue hire catering and drinks etc and said if the could match my needs we would have a deal.
I spoke to the owner on the phone and she agreed everything and said she was very happy to finially have our booking and would send over a contract today.
I got an email this morning and its not a contract its an Invoice for the full amount for the venue hire £3000 to be paid in the next 28 days. Now don’t get me wrong I intended on giving a deposit but the wedding isn’t until 6th June 2013!! Thats over a year away and I haven’t even received any formal contract of what we agreed or terms and conditions. Would you usually pay the venue fee in full upfront that far in advance? In all honestly I don’t think I can just magic £3000 out of my bank in 28days.
Thanks in Advance Bees 😀
Post # 3
Don’t do it. If they desperately need business, then they may go OUT of business before your date rolls around. If that happens, you may never see your money again.
Post # 4
Heck no. We had a contract first, then paid the $2000 deposit (about 8 months before the wedding), then the balance was due with our head count 10 days before the wedding.
Post # 5
I would expect a contract before you pay anything. After things are signed, I would expect that you would have to pay a deposit.
Post # 6
you are only suppose to pay a 50% of the venue at the time of signing contract… i would be very cautious especially since your wedding day is a year from now.. when we signed our contract we paid 3300 of our mininum 7500 (food and drinks have not been added to cost yet cuz we have yet to have our tasting.,..
Post # 7
Whoooooah, no, definitely not. We haven’t chosen a venue yet, but every single one I’ve gone to has requested an initial deposit (usually between $500-$1000) then another deposit 6-8 months before the wedding and then the final amount based on head count 1-2 weeks before the date. That sounds SUPER fishy to me, and I’d be worried they’re ready to close and you’d lose your money.
And definitely do not give them a cent until you have seen and gone over the contract with a fine-toothed comb and that baby is signed.
Post # 8
oh hell no!
We paid $1000 to book the hall (15 mos before the wedding). another chunk is due in April and the final chunk a week before the wedding in October.
Never give anyone money without a signed contract, and make sure the contract spells out the payment schedule.
Post # 9
I wouldn’t give them any money, or negotiate for a 10% down payment or something like that.
We did reserve our venue without a signed contract, but only because the contract included the menu (we’re at a restaurant) and we needed to pick that – we took care of that detail about a week ago, and the event guy sent me the early draft well in advance that noted our received payment. The fee we paid wasn’t NEARLY what your venue is quoting.
Post # 10
Thanks Bees I think aliavenue pretty much summed it up! Will be sending her an email in response in the morning I am just so disappointed they are a private house and family and don’t turn weddings around very often so I expected to do a lot of the running around myself but after all the negotiating I was hoping they would be reasonable about payment.
Perhaps it’s because I screwed them down from Â£9000!