- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
I feel like I’m having my first dose of wedding stress right now, and I still have eleven months until the wedding.
We found a great venue that I love about 20 minutes away from us. We checked around a few other places first but this place really had the vibe that I was going for and my fiance was so excited about getting married there. We decided to book the venue soon afterwards.
From the get-go communication has been very delayed. I let them know I was interested in booking and was told a contract was being drawn up right away. A week passes and nothing. I e-mailed again and about two days later I receive the contract. This was already making me nervous, because it seems to me that if you have some people willing to write you a check, you should get back to them promptly. But I figured they were busy and just moved on, ignoring my gut feelings.
I mailed the signed contract and deposit to the venue about three weeks ago. The venue has not cashed the check and we have not received a copy of our contract from their attorney. Essentially I have no idea if we have officially booked this place or not. I e-mailed the event coordinator for the venue about four or five days ago and she still hasn’t gotten back to me. This coordinator has had pretty delayed communication with me from the start, but I figured she was just busy with wedding season. Well then I googled the venue and found a pretty negative post on TheKnot about the venue and the coordinator. They said she was unprofessional and very poor in communication with brides. Now I’m wondering if I should have trusted my instinct. If it is already not great, what happens when we get closer to the wedding?
A few things though: I have no idea what is considered a reasonable turn-around time for contracts with venues. Does three plus weeks to have a contract returned to you sound reasonable or not? Secondly, I’ve seen a lot of photos of weddings at this venue but really only read one complaint. But then there’s always people too nice to complain, or those who do not want to rock the boat. I’m not sure.
We are getting married Sunday, May 26 (Memorial Day weekend) of 2013, so I know that this is going to be a popular weekend for weddings. I’m scared that I am going to have to start the venue search all over again. Also I’m terrified of being stuck with subpar service that will make wedding planning even more stressful and unpredictable.
What do you guys think?