(Closed) venue fraud?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My advice is to find a new venue and see if you can get your deposit back. My friend got married last year and had her reception at a hotel in Toledo that *PROMISED* construction/renovations would be done months before their wedding. Well, not only was construction still ongoing and debris everywhere outside, the A/C at the place wasn’t working – the reception was in a ballroom with no windows and the cake melted. To top it all off, all the guests were staying in that hotel.

NEVER trust construction schedules. You have to add 6 months to any timetable you are given because there are always delays. Plus it sounds like even if by some miracle it was done, it isn’t going to be what you wanted in the first place. I’d see what else is out there if I were you.

Post # 4
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2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My friend was getting married in a new venue underconstruction. When they toured the site they wore hardhats and took flashlights with them.  They trusted the owners of the venue because they owned two other locations in Houston and were popular.  Then about two months after they signed the contract the owners went bankrupt and closed all locations. They lost lots of money and are part of a class action lawsuit because soo many brides were affected.  Really sad.

I would be disappointed about the tent thing. Because that’s what you wanted and paid for. I would find out if they intend to move the tent to another area on the property.

Post # 5
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127 posts
Blushing bee

If they will not let you out of the contract, definitely see a lawyer and have them send a complaint. If you have a friend or relative who is a lawyer, have them do it. The letter itself should be enough. You will not need to pursue legal action, as they broke the contract.

So you need an affordable tent wedding?  Do you have a big backyard? I know that’s not first choice, but really I have been to some lovely outdoor weddings that are mostly DIYs on the bride’s family’s part at home. 

If that’s not an appealing option, see if you have any local parks that offer very affordable wedding rates. Some even have indoor reception areas. 

You could always try to book a wedding at a floral garden or another winery, but those are expensive and unlikely due to your time constraint. 

Hope I helped!

Post # 6
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2022 posts
Buzzing bee

I suggest terminating the contract and looking for a new venue.  If they do not let you out and/or refuse to refund your money, consult a lawyer.  Make sure you keep a good paper file and document all communications with the vendor.

Post # 7
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262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would without a doubt change venues.  What if you wait to see how it ends up and it’s horrible?  I couldn’t live the next year without being freaked out about that every day. 

If you ask me, they already proved to you that they are not reliable.

Post # 9
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127 posts
Blushing bee

Sorry, last post!

The Temeku Park looks nice and also Harveston Lake Park.

Post # 10
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5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Change venues.  They broke the contract by not giving you what you "bargained" for.  The most basic principle of contract law.  if they are unwilling to freely give you your deposit back, consult with a lawyer.  One letter is all this will take.

Post # 11
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652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

yes i agree with the other ladies, change your venue, you cannot risk the venue not being ready for your wedding

Post # 13
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3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It’s definitely a pain and I feel for you having to start over, but in the long run you are going to be so happy you did. You would just spend the time between now and your wedding in a state of anxiety about your venue. Better to cut your losses now and save yourself the stress. Good luck with the new venue hunt! I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll both love just as much. This other place clearly wasn’t meant to be.

Post # 14
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

I would change your venue. I work in construction (my dad is a contractor) and so many things happen to delay a schedule. Can I recommend two venues…
1 – Our venue, the Bernardo Winery – http://www.bernardowinery.com/
2 – This place has a great tent and is pretty reasonably priced – http://www.twinoaksweddings.com/ A friend of mine went to a wedding there a few weeks ago and said it was lovely.
Good Luck! 

Post # 15
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40 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Construction is almost NEVER done on time!!!  I would get your deposit back – double check your contract, but it probably doesn’t mention anything about construction.  What they’re doing is most likely breech of contract.  Sorry about your venue issues… hopefully you can find a place you love just a much!  OR – just thought of this, if its a wine vineyward, do they have another place you could put a tent?  I would certainly expect the venue to pay for the tent if you do decide to do that.  Just become really familiar with your contract before you start bargaining with them!

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