(Closed) Are wedding venue deposits non-refundable only when you cancel?

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Weird…

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

When you read the contract, what did it say?

Post # 12
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131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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 # 14
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1781 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sblackstone:  Hmm.. so is the rental fee for the entire fee for the venue? Or is there another balance after that 2K?

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@sblackstone:  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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Usually deposit comes out of the total balance owed….

that seems strange to me

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