(Closed) Can I sue my wedding venue?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
4234 posts
Honey bee

What exactly do you plan on sueing them for? What damages do you plan to collect?

Post # 3
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

What will you be suing them for? A fruit tray and a $100 culinary set? You’ll end up spending more time and money than these items are worth. Not to mention, if you really felt wronged by this place.. You’d think you would’ve followed up sooner than a month after your wedding.

I’m also curious how only one card went missing? Were all your other cards accounted for?

While this sounds like an awful wedding experience, I don’t think suing them will yield you anything but wasted time and money.

Post # 5
12187 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

ClaudiaKishi:  good question. 

OP, why would,you leave valuable, irreplaceable things at a venue where you already knew they were unresponsive and the staff were so immature as to pack up hours before closing just to cut down on their workload at the end of the night. None of these things say trustworthy and reliable. Did you have an agreement that you could leave things there? Most venues need to clean up,and prepare for their next event, so your stuff would be moved or disposed of. 

That said, there isn’t anything actionable here IMO. They performed the contract, Sans the fruit tray. 

Post # 6
2685 posts
Sugar bee

Many venue contracts I’ve seen will state that the venue is not responsible for lost or damaged items.  I recommend checking your contract to see if there is anything like that mentioned.  If your contract says that, you can’t sue them for the lost items because you signed a contract stating that they are not liable.

Even if you don’t have a contract or if the contract doesn’t state that, you’re going to have a tough time.  Assuming they could be held liable, the only damages you could possibly get back in small claims court would be for any lost items.  Issues with the teardown, workers taking to-go plates, bad communications, etc. don’t have a tangible value in small claims court.  You would need to itemize everything you lost and create a log of the interactions you had regarding the lost items.  Research what small claims court costs would be in your area (in ours it’s about $150 in fees).  If the total value of your items is the same or less than what small claims court would cost, it’s not worth it to bring the case to court.  

Regardless, what you should do is leave honest reviews on Yelp, WeddingWire, Facebook, and anywhere the venue has a page.  I would be upset if I received that treatment from a venue as well, and other brides should be warned about taking their business there.

Post # 10
8759 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Did it say in your contract you could leave all your things there? Sorry but I think it should be common sense not to leave very important/valuable items unattended at a venue. Same with the tables – did it say in your contract how long they should be set up? Why didn’t someone tell them to stop?

But no I don’t think you could sue.

Post # 11
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Contact the Better Business Bureau. That’s pretty much all you can do at this point. That and negative reviews.

Post # 12
14672 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What exactly would you sue for?  Nothing you’re describing seems big enough for the time and money it woudl take to sue.  It was not their responsibility to hold your stuff if you couldn’t take it with you, unless specified by contract.   Only your one card from your grandmother is missing?  Sorry, but most people have someone on card box duty or make sure to have a way to make sure cards are secure, since it’s not a surprised that some guests will bring cash gifts.  Anyone could have taken it.  Doesn’t sound like you have a case for a lawsuit… only some good lessons learned at best.

Post # 14
4234 posts
Honey bee

Nicole1016:  I just don’t understand….if the venue was unresponsive up until a month before your wedding, why would you keep using them? The first time they didn’t respond to me I would peace out.

It sucks that you paid for a fruit tray that you didn’t get, but that is something you contact the caterer/venue about in order to get a refund, not something you sue over.

Why didn’t you tell them to stop packing stuff up?

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