(Closed) Double Booked – a misunderstanding

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Have you asked your vendors if they could move? I know this isn’t your responsibility solely to move, but I’m not sure why your dad would have asked about moving dates?

I would ask the venue if they can reduce your fees if you negociate a move- it might save a lot of $$$. You only booked 2 months ago, so it shouldn’t be too hard to negociate a move with DJ/florists/photographers. I hadn’t booked most of my vendors until 8 months out so you still have plenty of time.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Digression: Why did you fly the Save-The-Date Cards personally out to Asia?  It’s sticking in my mind because this seems totally unnecessary. 

This has happened to brides before.  It doesn’t really matter here that you signed first before the other bride (beyond the fact that morally, it seems particularly unfair).  They signed two contracts and can only honor one of them.  They’ve chosen to tell you they are not honoring yours.  Generally contract permits people to breach (break) contracts as long as they pay the damages stemming from it.  Because you’ve already tried the nice route, I’d try the hard line now – go back to the vendor and say X will be my damages.  Find out which of your vendors can switch dates or if there are lost deposits – that would be your damages.  (Generally, you have a duty to “mitigate” and try to limit costs.)

Finally, do you really want this venue considering they’ve already messed up?  Reprinting save-the-dates isn’t so bad.  Venue hunting is annoying, but you’ve got time so you can look around for another on the same date so those who have already booked their tickets won’t be out that money.  (I didn’t sign the contract for my venue until this week – 7 months to go!)

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice.  Go talk to a lawyer in your state regarding your specific situation for legal advice.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

Hello Ahhji, I would like you to take a deep breath. Try to relax and everything will work out. It just may be a little different than your original plan. As suggested above give the venue the amount that needs to be paid by them for their mistake. Remember they do not want bad press. They want to make you happy. Most importantly, don’t stress. 

 

Consider wedding insurance if you are afraid something like this will happen again. 

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