Post # 1
We paid a deposit on a venue and are now looking over the contract, and a few things bothered me about it. I emailed the contact person, but meanwhile I wanted to get a sense of whether the contract terms are common or not…
The parts that bothered me were:
“Should the event be cancelled due to circumstances beyond control of VENUE, damages to the customer shall be limited to a return of the deposit.”
So if there is a fire a day before and we already paid in full we only get the deposit back?!
“All charges, including but not limited to the menu, bar, Bartender fee, Chapel, room rental and cover charge, are subject to change without notice.”
What’s to stop them from doubling the prices the moment we sign the contract?
I hope I am just misunderstanding things…Are there any other things to look out for?
Post # 3
These are very good questions!! I would be like you and want to know exactly what it means!! Dont you wish they would make contracts more easier to understand??
Post # 4
The first part seems reasonable, albeit frustrating. But think of it from their perspective–this only applies to a situation in which they are the victims of something beyond their control. It really sucks to be the bride in that situation, but it’s not always fair to the facility, either. It’s kind of a lose-lose situation, but it does protect them from couples cancelling on them at the last minute. It’s a good reason to get wedding insurance, I suppose! You can ask them whether this means just a cancellation, or whether it includes unavailability of the venue itself. It might just be a protection for them from last minute cancellations.
The second part, though… our facility locked in the prices when we signed the contract, so that part doesn’t sound so cool to me. I mean, they have the right to do that, but it seems like common courtesy to lock in the prices, at least by a certain point!
Post # 5
I agree with hope that the first one seems reasonable and common in any contract but the one about costs is sort of strange to me.
Post # 6
Thanks for the responses! They are really helpful.
I will post the venue’s explanation when I get a reply.
Post # 7
Well, the venue got back to me and said their prices are not expected to change until 2011 and that regarding the second point, they would not take advantage of me and in case of something like that they would move the date, that they have a reputation etc. All of which is good, but in that case I would still like all that to be noted in the contract.
I guess I will try to negotiate that in person.