(Closed) Booking the Venue at a Discount

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I think you’re going to get some harsh responses — there have been other similar threads that did not go well.

I would not do it.  Misrepresenting the nature of the vent could cause issues with your contract, and you need the venue to work with you through the entire events.  You do not want them to cause a scene at your wedding.  

Find a venue you can affort and be upfront and everything will go much more smoothly.

ETA:  the article says that you don’t need to tell the bakery or the floirst it’s a wedding.  You can probably get away with that.  But not the venue — they will clearly be able to see what it is.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Also, I just went to that page and read the advice.  Although some of the advice is good, some of it is suspect; calling September, October, November and April off season is way off base.  October is one of the most popular months to get married, at least in the northern hemisphere.   January and February are off-season.  

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

No, I would not be dishonest with the venue. It seems like it would cause so many awkward conversations and logisticaly, how would you plan your day with them if you’re not telling the truth?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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cswedding14:  I wouldn’t be comfortable lying. I’ve found that a lot of venues offer add ins and discounts from January to April, and some were even able to negotiate prices lower than advertised. Just visit some venues and see what they can offer you. I’d be honest that you’re looking for the best price and they might be more flexible than you think (obviously some venues might not be if they are super in demand). 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’ve heard that too, but I personally wouldn’t feel right misleading my venue. Especially since I absolutely love our DOC. Your venue may realize what’s going on and cancel your contract (without any type of refund) or add additional charges at the end. Being upfront with everything is truly the only way to logistically plan your wedding. There’s A LOT of detail and time frames that go into it that may not work for you if you are not honest 

Post # 7
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Honey bee

I’m with PPs. Do not lie to the venue. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I don’t see how this would work with traditional wedding venues. They will know what’s going on pretty fast!

However, we looked at many places that were not typically as used wedding venues. Given that I knew they probably didn’t have wedding rates to begin with, I first asked if they were open to hosting events like family reunions and if so, how much they charged. I didn’t want to throw the wedding word right from the get-go, though it obviously came up later. In the end, we rented a big chalet, and we were one of their first weddings ever. We got charged the regular weekend rental rate. But after us, they started marketing their venue as a wedding venue, and now they have a different pricing scale.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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cswedding14:  You somehow think you will get a venue to believe that you need their wedding venue, their bridal suites, and their wedding centerpieces for a family event that lasts the typical length of a wedding and then – when you show up in a wedding gown with a wedding party and doing the typical wedding reception tropes…they won’t know you’re having a wedding? And then they won’t charge you the full price? 

Doesn’t seem smart. 

And FWIW none of the wedding venues charged “more” for a wedding. They charged X price for Saturday nights, Y price for Sundays, etc. No matter what the event was. 

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