Post # 1
I almost don’t know anything about wedding planning and I need your help.
My husband and I got married 2 1/2 years ago but didn’t have a big wedding. So we’re trying to have a vow renewal ceremony next year.
I found this venue online and fell in love with the place when we visited in person. The owner of this place (small bed & breakfast villa that has 6 rooms) told us it would cost $1000 to rent the whole building for 7 hours including 2 hours setup, 4 hours event and 1 hour cleanup. (We’re having a vow renewal ceremony by the brach and a small party after at the venue. The event should be like noon-4, no dances. So it will not affect any of their customers who would stay that night.)
When we called the venue trying to book a date yesterday, she told us she wants a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to book a date. And on top of that she wants $1000 as location rental fee. So basically the deposit is not a part of the location rental fee.
I wasn’t really sure about this non-refundable deposit. Is this normal? I thought deposits are usually (depending of the venue) 10-50% of the location rental fee, meaning 100-500 in my case then pay the rest if you have the reception there on the date that you saved.
Is this deposit non-refundable only if we cancel? Or it doesn’t matter if we cancel or have the wedding on that day? Can we get that money back if we have a party on that day that we booked?
It would be really helpful if anyone could answer.
Post # 3
@sblackstone: I’ve never heard of that. Why would they require $1k for a deposit plus another $1k for the rental if the total rental is $1k? Then they would have double the price of the actual venue. Is one for security deposit in case you guys damage or destroy the place? You should get a clarification from the venue and have them explain it.
Post # 4
That deposit (if you do decide to go with that venue) should go toward the total cost of the venue…if that makes sense… If you should cancel then you lose the $1000. It is very common from what I have seen. My deposit for my venue was $1000.
ETA: Also, I have never heard of a separate rental fee…you should check more into that for sure.
Post # 5
I only paid a deposit!! A deposit and rental fee are usually the same thing.. You might be getting jipped. “:-/ I’m not sure about refundable vrs nonrefundable, I think every venue is different. The deposit for our venue is refundable if needed..
Post # 6
Thank you for replying.
No, she wants $500 seurity deposit on top of the other $2000 in case anything happened to the building.
We will try calling the venue again and see if we can actually get this $1000 after the party.
Post # 7
Thank you for replying:)
The owner told us that the deposit is not towards anything that would cost later on. That is just the deposit to book a date, that’s what she said.
So maybe this $1000 is refundable if I didn’t cancel our party?
I have to call them and ask again I guess.
Post # 8
My venue cost was $500 and they wanted a deposit of $500, which means our venue is now paid.
That way, if we do cancel, they won’t lose any money for holding that specific date if they aren’t able to find someone else in time…
Post # 9
No that is not normal. Mine had a non-refundable deposit too but it goes towards the total rental fee. My rental fee was $1500 with a $750 deposit. After I paid the deposit I owed the remaining $750.
I’ve heard of some (though not many) places charging a security deposit but you would get that back as long as everything went ok.
Post # 10
Our non-refundable deposit to hold the venue date was $2000, but the entire amount goes towards the event. So if we were to cancel the wedding, we’d lose the money, but otherwise it just goes towards the cost.
Post # 11
When you read the contract, what did it say?
Post # 12
I had a nonrefundable $5000 deposit and the ceremony and reception site fee was $6500. The $5k went towards the rest of our bill.
Post # 13
That’s what I was thinking. The deposit is some percentage of the rental fee. But she said she wants a deposit of $1000 and another $1000 for a location rental fee. To me it doen’t make any sense. It would have make sense if the rental fee was $2000 and 50% of deposit. Even though it’s almost the same thing.
Post # 14
Hmm.. so is the rental fee for the entire fee for the venue? Or is there another balance after that 2K?
Post # 15
honestly, this lady sounds a little shady. either that or she’s a horribly stupid businesswoman. i would look for another venue. it sounds like she’s going to charge you $2000 instead of $1000.
Post # 16
Usually deposit comes out of the total balance owed….
that seems strange to me