Post # 1
My wedding has been in the planning stage since October of 2009, and our venue has been booked since November of 2009 for September 17th of this year…
I just cam home from a business trip, and my fiance sat me down and told me that our venue, as they only have 3 events booked in September, have decided to return our deposit and shut down for rennovations that month. Obviously we are looking into what other recourse we can get from them, since we are four months out from our wedding, all our other vendors are booked, and we have Out of Town guests with flights booked. So moving the date isnt an option. My Fiance waited until I was home to tell me, and he and my mother have already been in touch with other venues to see what is available. (Not a ton.)
I think everyone expected my to freak out and cry or something… but I have been calm all evening and have adopted an “it is what it is” attitutde. Yes, I am hearbroken, since I loved our venue, however we will find something else and it will still be a wonderful day. I am not sure how I will feel when I wake up tomorrow and start calling around to find something else, but it will all work out in the end… maybe even for the better?
Post # 3
Time to head to Judge Judy.
Good luck on your problem solving. That’s an awful thing to have happen.
Post # 4
oh wow. I am sorry this happened to you. I know that venues need to do repairs sometime, but a contract is a contract.
Is there anything in your contract with them that allows them to cancel with no penalty?
If not, I would be looking for some compensation , especially if you incur any additional costs at a new venue.
Post # 4
We changed our venue a couple of weeks ago after some serious drama. It’s definitely not ideal, but you will make it through. <3
Post # 5
Sorry this happened to you, I couldn’t even imagine having to find a new venue at this point. We are date twins!
It will work out for the best I’m sure!
Post # 6
I wish i knew your area i would completly start calling around and helping you!!! I hope you can find something without too much hastle and I hope the venue gives more conpensation then just your deposit back…
Post # 7
How terrible of them! They “only” had 3 events booked so they’re cancelling them all? How does that even make sense? If they had 0 events it would make sense to shut down to renovate, but now 4 months out they decide this? That’s unacceptable. I’m assuming you had a contract? I would demand they help you out at this point, that’s rediculous. How is it your fault they weren’t booked full? You shouldn’t be punished for it.
Glad you’re staying calm at least!
Post # 8
Wow, you ARE handling that really well, I don’t think I would have.
You might ask the old venues coordinator to call around for you, they might have some luck in getting you a discount with cooperation from venue to venue. Worth a shot in asking them.
Post # 9
The old venue coordinator is helping us phone around. We are addressing the issues with the old venue- its not the money so much that I am concerned about. Its finding another venue, which everyone can imagine is super hard with only four months to go. I’m taking it all in stride- there has to be something out there that will work for us. Thank you everyone for your support!
@mandi.pitt: So glad to hear someone else survived this!
Post # 10
Glad to hear that the old venue coordinator is helping you find a new venue. You are being incredibly calm. I know how hard it was for us to find our venue initially, I think I might freak and just give up if this happened to me (tent in the backyard). Best of luck and I am sure it will work out for the best!
Post # 11
Keeping a clear head is the way to go… I hope you find your new venue soon and it mskes you snd your fiance even happier!
Post # 12
I had my florist cancel on me a few months back- she unexpectedly had to move and wanted to give me as much notice as possible. I found a new florist, who is just as good, and I am just as happy with. So I am hopeful that this will work out the same way.
Post # 13
You are handling it much better than I would. (I’m Italian/Scottish/Irish with anger issues) If it were me, I’d have been down there shoving my boot up someone’s arse, raising cane, and giving them my thoughts as to how despicable that is. That’s just not right. What’s the name of that venue? So other brides have a heads up. Though it’s a good idea to have a “contingency plan”, no every bride can do that. Good luck to you though. Are there any churches that are big enough that will let you be married there without being a member? I know it’s not ideal, but State Parks/Recreation centers will also rent out large rooms and such after public hours.
Post # 14
I would be freaking out and panicking right now really. You are very calm and cool. Maybe it’s shock?
Post # 15
@shoemaven0917: Let me know if I can help find anything!! I have a ton of ideas for venues in Calgary!!!