Post # 1
I just found out that my venue’s pond (in front of which we are getting married) gets shut off by the city of Edmonton “sometime in September”. My wedding is Sept 11, and this year it was shut off about the 15th-18th. (They don’t even know but they said it was off for the 19th wedding! Poor couple!) Our ceremony and reception take place there.
The pictures on the website all have fall foliage in them and a full pond, but if the city decides to drain a week earlier next year I’ll get married next to an empty cement bowl. And our balcony will look out over – a cement bowl!
View the site here: http://www.whitemudcreek.ca
Should I take my chances or book a new venue?
Post # 3
Did they tell you what the average date is?
I voted to keep it, but now that I’m realizing how much time you have, I would say look into your other options. The drained pond would not be an attractive sight for your guests or you. Did they tell you this before you put down $$?
Post # 4
Can you get it written into your contract that it will not be drained – if not.. I think I might look for a new venue while holding onto that one on the backburner!
Im sorry – I know how much the venue search sucks!!!!!
Post # 5
Wow. Hard call. If you can find someplace you like equally as much or better, then switch. If not, hope for the best.
Post # 6
Have you signed a contract & put down a deposit?
Truthfully, the city only cares about their budget. What if next year’s budget is hurting & the maintenance is just an extra expense they don’t need? They shut it off the day before someone elses wedding this month, right? I just wouldn’t chance it… 🙁
Post # 7
get it in writing that it will be full for your wedding. definitely not too much to ask. if they can’t do it, definitely move it to somewhere else!
Post # 8
They are very non-committal when I try to discuss the average date as the city controls the fountain/pond, not the venue themselves. This year it went off in the 3rd week of September. It all depends on whether it gets cold enough overnight to harm the concrete if they leave the water in, as well as when the city has plumbers available.
They didn’t say a word when I booked the venue! I would have appreciated a “hey it might just have a big ugly cement bowl, FYI”. 🙁
I’m pretty upset, as we’ve had this venue booked for over a year now (looong engagement, and they book up FAST. There’s no other September weekend availability.
Post # 9
Would you be losing a lot on the deposit if you pulled out? Maybe you can work something out with them? Since you might not be getting what you paid for!
The thing I’m learning is that… do things that’ll help you NOT be stressed day-of… so if this will be a major stress factor, then perhaps book another place!
Post # 10
Hmm.. never heard this one before. I can’t form an opinion without knowing how much money you have put down. I would say that if you have put it all done or even half (depending on how much the total is in the first place) I would risk it; it sounds like you SHOULD be okay. But I say if you haven’t put down much or anything at all to start looking elsewhere. The pond looks fairly large in the pic on the site so it probably wouldn’t be totally attractive.
Even if you have put money down I would first try to get it back if you do end up switching venues; that should be something they should tell you upfront if they are a good business. Same courtesy as unto others, right?