(Closed) FREAKING OUT about venue!!

posted 10 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

OMGosh, I’m so sorry. Did you read the contact or any forms that they gave you, does it say ANYWHERE “prices are subject to change at anytime” or anything close to that? Did they give you a reason on why they did this so soon before your wedding if even at all? I’m can’t believe they did this.

Post # 4
35 posts
  • Wedding: February 2011

Yes look at your contract!

I would be freaking out. Just don’t contact the venue right now. You need to check out your contract and go from there. You might need a meeting to talk about how and why the prices are going up and its last minute which is very stressful in general.

I’m so sorry!

Post # 5
1870 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Yes, you need to have a look at your contract. 

Unfortunately–I hate to say this–but I can’t imagine a venue doing what they’re doing without them having their a$$es covered, which means, there is probably some sort of verbiage SOMEWHERE that allows them to change the price. Some venues DO have a clause that says something to the effect of “prices can change at any time” and/or it could also have been written on the little booklet that you saw that “prices subject to change” or that the tasting is an approximation of the final meal. 

At the same time, it IS possible that they made a mistake or are trying to get away with something. I would email them (so it’s in writing) or you could call and calmly say that the prices were higher than expected and be specific as to the exact amounts you were initially quoted. Don’t forget to mention that things were changed from the tasting (and you might also want to say something to the effect of “we really want what we tasted”) and the discrepancy over a matter of hours in wine prices. And don’t give in to their bottle count! 

Do this, however, AFTER you read your contract so that you know whether they are legally able to do what they are doing or not. Be polite–even if the contract is not on their side, you want to give them the opportunity to make it right and even if the contract is on their side, they might be more inclined to deal with you. 

Post # 7
10846 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would call whoever your contact is there and ask them about the price changes, the ingredient changes, and let them know that you’re concerned. I would tell them that what you originally agreed upon fit within your budget, but that an increase like this is not feasible for you, so what could you do to work together? I would also request a finalized contract ASAP.

At the end of the day, you’ll reach some sort of agreement with them and everything will be fine. I’m not sure why, but I felt like I was always on pins & needles and defensive every time I spoke with my venue. There was no reason for it really, but I think everyone does hit a few snags with their venue that need to be ironed out. I had to spend $600 on fire extinguishers to pass the building inspection for my tent and I was mad that the venue didn’t have any to provide, and then to top it off, one went “missing” so I’m out $60. BUT I bit my tongue and moved on.

Good luck hon, I’m sure it’ll be fine!

Post # 8
4822 posts
Honey bee

That pamphlet could work as a contract for those prices. I would call and say you booked based on that pamphlet information and the original alcohol price quoted to you and just see what they have to say.  Published rates, unless otherwise noted, work as a contract. (IE you can buy a steak for 3.99/ lb and then when you get to the counter they decide to charge you 4.99/lb)

Post # 9
5920 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I used to work for a hotel, and we had a policy in our contract that basically said we reserved the right to change our pricing at pretty much anytime.  Isn’t that awful?  we never did though, to my knowledge, but we could have.

Post # 11
2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Glad it worked out – go your mom!!  Hopefully this is the last snag in planning

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