- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2015
So. This is going to be a long one ladies. Bear with me, haha.
Okay, so I was creepying on venues long before FI and I got engaged (hello pinterest!) and had a venue basically picked out beforehand. FI popped the question this past November and I wanted to get booked right away to secure our date (10/10/15), especially since our budget is relatively modest and there is less to choose from.
This venue I wanted was perfect: rustic feel, outside area for ceremony, bring your own catering/dj/alcohol, nature oriented, and as a bonus all proceeds of rental go to a summer camp for inner city kids.
So, I contact them in early December, wondering when we can get a tour sometime my winter break from school. They tell me I can’t get in to tour for a 2015 wedding until January and that they are re-doing the pricing as well. Ok, cool. January rolls around, and so I send another email. Still no new prices or tour times yet. A week before my break ends near the end of January, I finally get an email with the new pricing and am able to get in for a tour (after tons of back-and-forth with the lady who kept offering me dates I had already told her we couldn’t make). The rental fee had gone up by a reasonable amount, but now the rental only included 8 hours instead of all day like it had before.
On our tour, I fall in love, of course. 8 hours definitely isn’t long enough for set up, ceremony, reception, and clean-up though (given we are doing it ourselves, no companies) so I ask how much additional hours are. The website had listed $150 per hour, but they didn’t seem to be that great about updating so I wanted to double check. The woman said she didn’t know for sure and would find out for me. Thinking it would be around $150 per hour, we put our deposit down that day.
I’ve been trying to get the price for additional hours for over a month now and finally recieved them today. They want $375 an hour! With a base rental price of $3000 for a venue that provides NOTHING I think that is insane. They don’t even have more than one wedding a day, so it’s not like they would be making that money otherwise. We would end up spending $4175 minimum for the time that we need, which is almost half of our $10,000ish budget. I really don’t think I can justify paying that much and I am so upset: that it took them this long to tell us, that we were dumb and made a deposit without knowing all the details, that we might have to change venues. Ugh.
We can get the deposit back (less an “administration fee”) but I am so conflicted. It will be really hard to find a venue that comes even close this one. What really upsets me is they have all the power, if we choose not to have our wedding there, someone else will and it won’t matter to them in the slightest.
This is more a vent than asking for advice, but what do you ladies think?