Post # 1
Last night we received an email from our vendor, Rick Benson of Taste of Burlington and Little Garden Cafe in Charlotte, that he was not longer willing to do our wedding. This is horrifying because we have already put a deposit down on a tent, sent out or invitations and only have 13 weeks to find a new location for 130 as close to the Round Church in Richmond as possible.
Does anyone have any suggestions for venues where a large tent can be set up? I also need a caterer and cake, all for Mat 30th, ah!
Post # 3
Why isn’t he willing to do it? What happened?
Post # 4
if you can find money in your budget I’d highly suggest calling a wedding planner. this situation is EXACTLY why planners exist. I’m not from your area so I can’t help with logistics. Good luck!
(also did you sign a contract with him? does it give him the right to cancel? perhaps also consult a lawyer)
Post # 5
Did he refund your deposits? I would definitely look at your contract with him and consult with a lawyer to recover any additional expenses you might incur because of the late cancellation.
Post # 6
Try a park, a barn- ANYTHING with a bathroom and land.
If any of your BM are willing, ask them to help. It can be done, but it will take some digging 🙂
Post # 7
Check out the venue guide on the vermont vows website. They have lots of venues listed and they’re arranged by location. good luck!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
Do you have a contract? Legally, he should not be allowed to do this. I’d call you lawyer and have him/her put the fear of God in Mr. Benson.
First, I’d call him and tell him your lawyer will be contacting him. See what he says about that. Contracts are legally binding documents.
Post # 9
I would 110% find it in your budget to hire a coordinator. First, they’ll be able to look at your contract with the original venue and see what you are entitled to. And then they will be able to pull strings and get favors from their friends in the industry, which you won’t have access to.
Post # 10
You didn’t sign a contract!???? I’d be horrified!! I’m sooo sorry!
Post # 11
I agree with BeachBride, at this point you could really benefit from a coordinator… I’d love to hear more about what happened to be able to help you more specifically.
Our venue is on sale, so we were very specific in our contract about what would be honored and what might not be in the event of a sale.
Post # 12
This really is wicked scary! I’d be curious how it turns out! Please keep us posted! Wish I could help you more!!
Post # 13
Was he disgruntled about something?? I would definitely look into legal action.
Be creative, look into local gardens, conservatories, parks and historical sites. Definitely find somewhere you can make use of that tent you’ve already started paying on!
Good luck, and definitely keep us posted.
Post # 14
emilyjen – I just had a similar thing happen. We booked our caterer with contract and deposit only to get an email a couple of days ago saying he (caterer) was no longer associated with the restaurant/catering company. (We suspect he was either fired or quit.) Without this specific person the company is unable to do catered events, but they are refunding our money. Of course this leaves us with no caterer! We went back to another vendor we had initially contacted and are meeting with them next week.
Are you looking for a venue and caterer together? I don’t know what type of menu you were considering, but if you find a site and need a caterer I would recommend Black Diamond BBQ out of Lake Elmore. That’s who we’re meeting with next week. We’ve had their food at the Stowe farmer’s market and it’s very good. Jason was also very understanding of our situation.
We are meeting with Marion of Vermont Sweet Tooth next week as well. She’s in Stowe. I cannot vouch for her cakes as I haven’t seen or tasted them yet but she told me that Piecasso and the golf cottage at Stowe Mountain Resort both carry her chocolate with chocolate chunk cupcakes.
I will PM you with phone numbers. 13 weeks is not a ton of time, but May is still early for Vermont wedding season. Good luck!
Post # 15
Thank you everyone for your support and advice! We haven’t worked or slept much in the past three days but we are almost back on our feet!
Vermont Tent Company (I HIGHLY recommend) really came through for us. They let us cancel the original order with the tent so we don’t have that hanging over us. The also compiled a list of venues, some with some without tents, and sent it within 10 minutes of hearing the news. I absolutly cannot say enough about how wonderful they have been.
Catering by Dale recreated the menu almost exactly since we have already had over half our guests RSVP with menu choices. She also was wonderful about working within the budget we had already set. Also, cannot say enough good things about her.
We did have a contract with Rick Benson and it did give him an out but we have not yet received our deposit back, I will keep you posted on that. His restaurant, Taste of Burlington, closed in January but it was only suppose to be for 6-8 weeks. Right after we heard (we had to read it in the news paper, he didn’t even have the good graces to tell us himself) we asked him about our wedding and he said he would certainly still be able to do it. Now he is saying he is closing the restaurant permanently and that his health problems (he was in a very bad car accident in September, so these health issues are not new) are preventing him to perform his best work so he thinks it would be best not to do the wedding. I am going to see about getting damages along with the deposit. Especially since now all my invitations are wrong.
It really does suck, but I gotta say my fiance and I are relieved to no longer be relying on this loser for the biggest day of our lives. All we need now is a bar service, a cake and now we are inside so I don’t even minds if it rains!
Special shout out to cantabrigian, my fiance is from Stowe, good luck with your meetings next week.
Post # 16
Wow – you are totally lucky that you were able to get back on track! I imagine, though, that vendors will help you out in a pinch, if need be. It’s not like you were slacking with planning! I would have had a heart attack… good for you for getting it done!! 🙂