Thank you, ladies, this is exactly what I thought.
I do have a copy of the original signed contract. I am unable to go down there myself, though I can always send FI down there for me. I wrote up a reply to her email this morning, but was waiting to send it until I received responses here and had a chance to cool down. There is nothing in the contract about price changes whatsoever. This is exactly what it says:
The above prices, specifications, and conditions are satisfactory and are hereby accepted.
• $1,500.00 non refundable deposit required to reserve event date. Upon placing the deposit, client will have four weeks to meet with event staff, design package and sign agreement. [Venue] reserves the right to request a signed agreement within two weeks if a new interested party places a deposit for the same date.
• Once contract is drawn up and signed, an initial payment of 25% of the event total is due less the $1,500.00 deposit.
• Payments in the amount of 25% of the event total are required at 6 months and 60 days with 15% due 30 days prior to the event date.
• Final guest counts and remainder of balance due in full 14 days prior to the event date.
[Venue] works individually with each individual client ensuring that their vision is met for their important event. In the event of an unfortunate cancellation the following policy is in place:
• Two weeks after signing contract 90% of the deposit amount will be refunded, less hold deposit of $1,500
• Six months prior to the event date 50% of the deposit amount will be refunded, less hold deposit of $1,500
• Three months prior to the event date 25% of the deposit amount will be refunded, less hold deposit of $1,500
• Thirty days prior to the event date the entire deposit amount will be forfeited
[Venue] will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items left prior to or after the event. It is the client’s responsibility to take all belongings with them at the conclusion of the event. Damage to the venue from anyone in the party due to misuse or neglect will be the responsibility of the client and will be billed accordingly for the charge of repair or replacement. [Venue] in accordance with MLCC’s regulations reserves the right to refuse alcohol service to anyone.
We, the undersigned have read the terms and conditions associated with booking a private event at [Venue].
We understand that changes will be made to the event contract through planning and agree to sign a new contract as needed.
This is a legal and binding agreement between the undersigned and [Venue].
The ONLY things that we have changed are: cash bar to consumption service, but that does not change the price at all, and the number of guests (100 down to it looks like about 85). She says we still owe $1000, but by MY calculations (based on 85 guests), we only owe about $67.