(Closed) venue woes

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 4
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow. Interesting. I’m actually looking at the Embassy Suites (guy was supposed to send me info on Monday, but never did). I called about a week ago asking about 10/13/12 and they said that the space would be available, and that they were doing construction but it would be over by July of 2012! So weird…

Are they saying the atrium is going to be replaced with rooms?!

Post # 6
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would tell them I will take them to cour. You know if you breached your contract with them they will pull all the legal moves out there. I would take them to small claims court. It is really easy to do and would do some research.

Post # 7
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I doubt they actually breached your contract…there is probably a provision basically saying they have a right to cancel if the venue space becomes unavailable and they are allowed to substitute another “equal” space. You probably can’t take them to court. However, letting people know about this is totally a good idea.

In the mean time, you still have plenty of time to book another venue. Get on that first and then sort out the first venue.

The problem is now you are competing with other brides who just got engage. I would try and get a face to face meeting with the venues you like that are comparable to the one you had. Tell them your story, ask if they can match the price…unfortunately Septemeber is such a popular month, but if you are willing to play ball a little (go to a Friday night, move to another month) I am sure someone will work with you. Also, you will then know that the second venue really cares about you and wants to help you out of a jam…a much better foot than “Sorry, we are going to do construction…good luck finding a venue though”

Post # 8
12878 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Wow, that’s awful.  My Future Mother-In-Law sent me a link to that exact venue and suggested I consider there for March 2013!  Glad I didn’t really consider it (mostly because my number of guests was way too high for there!).  Fortunately they offered to return your deposit.  A friend of mine had a similar situation happen (the venue closed about 8 months prior to her wedding) and kept the deposit saying it was her loss. 

Luckily, you still have 9 months to go, and I bet there are still places available if you look hard, or if you are a bit more flexible (afternoon weddings, Friday night, etc).  My sister planned her entire wedding frm start to finish in 3 months and it went off without a hitch, was beautiful, and she wouldn’t change a thing.

Good luck!

Post # 10
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@dashwoodgirl: That is really sucky. They will argue that comparable means will fit your guests and has the same basic set-up. 🙁

Is there another Embassy Suites in the area or that would be close you could go to? You might see if they can hook you up with a space there at the same rate because they are owned by the same entity.

Also, if you choose to stick with this space, see if you can negotiate for some more things (uplighting, comped rooms, better bar package) that can make the space better and help compensate.

Post # 14
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m so glad it worked out! That is a scary experience…

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