Post # 1
In December when we signed the venue contract, the contract and the owner specified that the city ordinance said that music needed to be off and the reception needed to end by 11pm. The ceremony and the reception are at the same place (farm 90 minutes from our hometown, involves a ferry) so we scheduled the ceremony for 4pm, cocktail hour 4:30-5:30, dinner, dances, whatever, then everything else to follow with dancing and drinking etc until 10:45pm.
I just called the owner to check in (9 days before the wedding) and she told me that the city ordinance is actually 10pm so we have to be done at 9:45. We have the venue from 8am until then, but it’s just annoying that an hour is being cut off of our reception now.
We haven’t made the final payment but I’m considering asking for a reduction in the rate. Would you?
Post # 3
I dont know how things work where you are but here we can get special permits to allow “noise” to go 1 hour later (for legit things like weddings or concerts not just for a house party or something) than city ordinance. If thats something thats possible where you are from since the contract you signed says 11pm I would ask the venue to apply for one and foot the cost of the bill to have the extension OR if thats not a possibility where you come from I would definitely ask for a reduced rate. Divide the cost of the hall by the hours you have it and ask for the hour difference. What a bummer though you have to end early :o(
Post # 4
If your contract says until 11pm and now the venue is saying 10pm, I would definitely want an hour’s off from my price.
Post # 5
@LauraRose: Good call – I have no idea what it might be like in that county but I’ll at least ask the owner to find out. There’s a tribal casino 10 minutes away that we could totally move the party to afterward, but I don’t want to!