Post # 1
So our venue went through a change of ownership, but the person who we signed with assured us that the menu wouldn’t change, and that none of the things he agreed to (which I have in emails btw) would change – like being able to load in our rentals on Friday and have them picked up on Monday, setting up early, that he’d personally oversee all the little details etc. And today I just find out that he’s been let go. I’m freaking out, our wedding is in 3 and a half months and my parents have paid for 2/3 of the venue price. The invitations are being mailed in a week and there is simply no way we can find another venue for Saturday night in NYC. So, aside from re-confirming every little detail with the new coordinator in writing, what do I do? I’m most terrified that the wonderful food won’t be the same. My DOC can pick up the slack with set up and we can deal with the rentals, but man am I freaked out right now.
I know a bunch of other bees work in the industry (or have had this happen). Aside from re-confirming everything in writing, what would you suggest I do?
Post # 3
I would absolutlely want everything confirmed and have it in writing that you get what was in your original contract. If not, you need to decide if this is still really the place you want to be at. Since things would be different that what was already agreed to, maybe you could get your money back, or at least part of it.
Post # 4
Doesn’t sound that bad – just go make an appointment and go over your contract and verbal agreement piece by piece and maybe have the new owners sign again. No worries, save your energies 🙂
Post # 5
Set up an in-person meeting and go over the contract point by point. If they are changing certain elements don’t immediately freak, who knows, it may be for the better. If not, then demand the original contract or ask for a fee reduction to accommodate the changes.
Post # 6
I echo what other people have said–make an appointment (like today–the sooner you meet, the sooner you’ll feel relieved) and go meet with the new coordinator.
Just as a little aside, and I am sure you would have done this anyway, but I would also try to focus in your meeting with the new coordinator how excited you are to work with them. If you can build a good relationship anew with that person, they’ll probably be more likely to want to help you with the little things that maybe they don’t *have* to do. On the other hand, if you a person were to go in there, demanding that no changes be made and talking about how great the previous person was, they might be a little turned off by that. But in the end, you should still try to get everything laid out in writing.
In the mean time, though–relax! Everything will be fine.
Post # 7
by the way, do they still have the same chef?
Post # 8
Go meet with the new contact and go through the contract point by point, and if they try to change something essential, stick to your guns and insist it remain the same as the original agreement. I had a friend in this situation and she totally lied and played a fake “my daddy is a lawyer card” and they just did whatever she told them to after that. Also, can you do a tasting to put your mind at ease about the food and confirm the menu will not be changing?
Post # 9
I’m talking with the coordinator Saturday and hopefully meeting with her ASAP. The one thing I am going to insist on is a new tasting as we just found out that while the menu is the same the chefs have changed, and some of our menu items were custom, so I’m not sure they’ll honor them. Thanks for the advice ladies!
Post # 10
Good luck! I hope everything works out. And good call on a new tasting.