(Closed) Church DOUBLE BOOKED our wedding!!! Help! :(

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
  • poll: *Please read post first* Is an email confirmation enough to be a formal agreement?

    (Assuming the church is double booked) Looks like you need to find another church!

    No, you should be able to fight for the date

  • Post # 2
    6331 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Technically the first employee didn’t send you a confirmation email, so it was never clear if things were set or not. I’m surprised you had such a significant email exchange with the second employee before mentioning the date. Maybe it’s correct on their calendar but she just typed it out wrong.

    It’s poor coordination on their part. Hopefully, the date is still open for you, but if it’s not and another couple does have an official confirmation, they should get the venue on the date. That said, the church should be working really hard to find a good solution for you.

    Make sure you have all your emails. Just relax until you can talk things out with them. There’s nothing you can do until you know what’s going on. 

    Post # 3
    457 posts
    Helper bee

    How attached are you to the new date? Do you already have all your vendors booked? 

    If it is double booked for the date you want then, yes, you can plead your case with the email as evidence. I’m not sure how successful you would be, it really depends on how far along in the process the other couple is, and if they’ve actually signed on the dotted line for that date with a contract. I would just try to relax until you know for sure whether or not this is even a problem. 

    Post # 4
    30399 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    weddingbee258:  How stressful for you! Unfortunately, you never did get a confirmation email. Did they give your Mom anything in writing after she met with them that has the date on it?

    At least it was the church and not the reception venue. Hopefully they can accomodate two weddings.

    The problem with a situation like this is that there are two equally innocent couples out there laying claim to the same date.

    Post # 6
    2467 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

    Churches can often hold more than one wedding in a day though – maybe you could just move the ceremony time by a couple of hours?  The church we got married in gave us the option of 12pm, 2pm or 4pm as ceremony times, so it could be that it might be a simple fix, just may mean a bigger gap between ceremony and reception.

    Post # 7
    1619 posts
    Bumble bee

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    KiwiDerbyBride:  I agree with looking into the times.  But you should not have a gap.  If you move your ceremony to noon then you also need to move up your reception.  It is rude to make your guests sit around for hours in a city that they may not know just because you want an evening reception.

    Also, have you looked at other churches in the area that have the 23rd open?  It may just be easier to lose your deposit to the one church and move it to another.

    Post # 8
    1720 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    weddingbee258:  no one has said that there is an issue yet right? you are just afraid since there was some confusion

    I would wait until I hear from them (though I wouldn’t wait for them to call.. if its 9 am where you live I would be calling now) to ask them to confirm

    IF there is an actual double booking I would ask about alternate times as well as help finding an alternate church…. I agree with you that at this point you can’t really change the date of the wedding

    IF there is no double booking make sure you get everything in writing spelled out exactly on the contract so there is no doubts

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