Post # 1
I just got a finalized email from my venue today, now 9 days away from my wedding.
They changed the food, prices, wine, almost everything. There is one course missing altogether, too. They also told me YESTERDAY that wine would be 26-28$/bottle, and now it’s 29-32$/bottle apparently. Oh, and they’re trying to bully me into getting FORTY bottles when at MOST I would need 27.
Oh yeah, we had a tasting a little while back too, to decide on menu choices. These menu choices all have different ingredients now.. so what was the point of the tasting?
Not to mention, they’re all $2-$4 more expensive per person than the PRICE BOOKLET they gave me at the TASTING.
Does this seem ridiculous to anyone else? I’m vibing right now.. I”ve been bawling and freaking out for the last two hours and it’s 2am and I have nobody I can call this late.. And if I don’t vent to someone I’ll end up emailing the venue with some nasty words!!
What do you think bees? I’m worried that if I end up fighting with my venue I won’t be able to have the wedding at all — that’s why I’m REALLY freaking out!!
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
Ugh.. I am the biggest idiot ALIVE. I don’t have a contract with them.. aside from the pamphlet with the original prices, the only paperwork i have with them is a receipt for the deposit..
Post # 7
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
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
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 # 10
Okay, here’s my update!
My mum talked to them in person. They agreed to change the prices back to what we were quoted, and they admitted that the menu changes were a BIG screw up on their part! She couldn’t get them to lower the price on the wine, but she DID fight with them over the quantity, and in the end stood her ground at 27 bottles.
@bakerella: I think I’m really edgy with my venue because 1) I started dealing with one girl, and then got dropped into a different guy’s lap. And it seems everything SHE told me is wrong, according to the guy. 2) This place is only open like, weekend evenings or something stupid like that. So basically these people are RIDICULOUSLY hard to get a hold of. I started calling and emailing to get them my final numbers at about, 19 days away from the wedding. Took me 8 days to finally get a hold of someone! and 3) When we went for the tasting the guy was REALLY pushy. That was pretty much my first clue that I was going to probably have issues of some sort!
Thank you so much for all your advice ladies! Crisis averted.. until the next one crops up, heh. xoxo
Post # 11
Glad it worked out – go your mom!! Hopefully this is the last snag in planning
Post # 12
Just figured I would update this for anyone interested:
3 weeks after the wedding and we were STILL waiting for a final invoice so we could pay the venue! The owner was totally unreliable and wouldn’t get back to us about it. Finally after a month he agreed to meet us so we could pay him! He then UNDER charges us, despite our willingness to pay him more (it didnt feel right).
About a month later we found out the place is shut down. Wow. We were REALLY lucky I think.