- 5 years ago
- Wedding: March 2014
We found a venue and really sreious about signing a contract with them (yay!) We went down today to discuss and found that tables/dishes/glasses are not included in our site fee as originally (verbally, several times) indicated. Unfortunatley, we’re on a budget (who isn’t?) and that adds a couple thousand dollars to our total costs. It’s not a dealbreaker, but it is something that made us realize that we need to be a bit more assertive!
The table/plates/glasses/etc. rentals weren’t indicated as being included on the contract drafts, but had been discussed verbally in several meeting as being included. After today’s meeting, there apparently aren’t enough items for the site to provide for all our guests (guest cound hasn’t changed since then), and they aren’t “wedding quality,” which we don’t care about really (they’re just fine, we’ve seen their plates/forks/knives). So they’re no longer provided.
That’s really OK with us, but it set off our alarms about making sure things are written in our contract. Besides pouring over the contract draft and requesting revisions to sections – just things saying something like “the site will provide a valet attendant” instead of simply “valet parking is included” which doesn’t address whether an attendant is provided (not assuming anything anymore).
We’re requesting these revisions thorugh an email we’ll send today, since we’ve asked for an updated contract by Wednesday. This way we have it in writing.
Does anyone have any advice about what we should be aware of?
We aren’t too familiar with wedding contracts and things we should look out for at venues.
I don’t want anyone bashing this venue, it’s a place we’re really happy with, but I’d like some ideas on what else we should look out for — it’s easy to overlook things when you’re not terribly experienced with wedding planning.