(Closed) Anyone with a crazy venue story? Venue trying to rip you off?

posted 10 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 17
46 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013


when i was contacting mexican wedding venues – i did an experiment to see if there was a difference in price lists given in spanish and english (english prices were in dollars).

prices were frequently 25% higher when quoted in dollars for the exact same thing. not sure if it happens in other countries but it might be worth thinking about depending on where people have. as for me, its far easier to pay a small one off fee to do a bank transfer in foreign currency – pesos (well actually dollars is foreign for me too!) than it is to pay several hundred dollars extra for no reason

Post # 18
1345 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

OK, so mine is only a difference of $75, so I know that is not that bad compared to all of your stories!

My ceremony venue is in a state park. There is nothing included, just the site (I do all the decorating, hire the officiant, etc). Well it is $75 to rent the site, but as soon as they hear that it is a wedding the price doubles! My dad even said “Well what if we were having a family reunion instead?” and she replied “Well you are not, we know you are having a wedding”

This is my site:

There is literally nothing about that changes to justify adding an extra fee for weddings!

Post # 19
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our venue has actually been pretty great! The only thing they did to piss me off is that in their brochure it says ‘free day of cordinator ‘ and then they told me that i dont get that. I told them they shouldnt advertise that its included in the package if its not. I was pissed! They said they are changing the brochure… Yeah right.  They did however tell me up front its not included. But the fact that they have that in the brochure still really peeved me! 

Post # 21
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I came across a LOT of this when planning a destination wedding. They do it because they can, on an island and/or foregin county they know you have no other options other than what they are offering. It really turned me off. 

Post # 22
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My venue rips me off in small ways (like really expensive drinks etc.) but not too bad.

The one thing which was really WTF was the music. I didn’t want a band because it’s just a wedding with 40 people (out of which 20 are old and will NEVER dance- not in their culture to). The remaining 20 people could dance but would really prefer to do so in a club/bar setting so we thought we’d just have an after party at a club later.

Also, the band was a 3-piece one without a drum set (keyboard+guitar+vocalist) and cost over $2000 which is RIDICULOUS (for a cheap Asian country. This price is even super ridiculously in Amsterdam). ANYWAY, I wanted the venue to jst play background music (just their usual restaurant music) but the venue totally refused UNLESS I paid them US$1700. WTF. Was really pissed off because I could easily buy an ipod, ipod dock/speakers and a mic for A LOT less and would get to keep it too!

Ended up hiring the band since just over $2000 with actual instruments would beat $1700 restaurant music on CD.



Post # 23
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

This is the one thing that has reallybothered me about planning my Destination Wedding in Jamaica….the nickel and dime-ing you! They charge for every little thing! I hope it’s worth it in the end. 

Post # 24
69 posts
Worker bee

I posted about this before (asking to see if this was normal…)

At a potential winery venue the drink consumption was charged per bottle (not unusual) at retail price (I thought maybe we’d get a small discount there…I live in Ontario where liquor prices are heavily controlled) PLUS tax PLUS 12.50 corkage fee PLUS 18% gratuity

This means a typical $15 bottle of wine would work out to $32.50, more than double the retail price of the bottle!

I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. The retail price must mean they’re making a profit off it in the first place, before these three additional charges, why the need to double the cost?

Post # 25
69 posts
Worker bee

Does anyone else have experience with wineries and their typical break down for wine consumption?

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