Help! Venue is shutting down permanently & wants us to book another location

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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2710 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Honestly, I’d ask for my deposit back and find another venue.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Look at the positive: at least you have ample time to book another venue. Back in may, my venue burned to the ground. Up in flames, 125+ years of history gone. I had 5 months to find a new venue and had limited options because I wanted to keep my October date, and ended up settling for a beautiful venue, but it wasn’t the vintage/historical venue I had before. I bring this up because you have time and it’s enough time that you may not need to settle to keep your date. Secondly, we thankfully received our deposit back. We didn’t think we would because of the wording in the contract, but they mailed us a check over the summer, which was a relief. Just talk to the venue. And read your contract verbiage. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

jamminbride :  You should go talk to them. Check out the other venues, have a tasting, and see what’s included. If you don’t like their other venues, get your deposit back and go somewhere else. Does it suck? Yeah, but at this point it’s not like they’re staying open and you have a choice in it.

As for buying and inspections, the inspection can’t/won’t find *everything*. Basically the only things coming up in an inspection are things that can be visually seen on the exterior or what’s accessable. I get you’re upset about it, but essentially calling the owner stupid doesn’t help things. I’d be willing to bet he’s not too darn happy to have bought a venue only to have to shut it down. I’m not sure how familiar you are with renovations, but it’s completely common to start knocking walls down only to find major structural damage that just can’t possibly be detected in a basic buying inspection.

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

What a headache! Unless they are offering a significant discount to book one of their other venues, I would just ask for the money the back. Sorry bee! 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I’m almost tempted to forego the formal ceremony and maybe have a lowkey celebration or nothing at all, and used the money saved to pay off debt earlier 

I would do this. It kinda sounds like the idea of a formal wedding and reception sounds good to you, but if you didn’t have one or had a low key one you’d be ok with it. If this is the case and you have the formal one, I think you’ll wake up one day and wish you hadn’t dropped 5 or 10 or 15 grand on one day when you could’ve been debt free.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

 You’re married.  I would save the money and get out of debt and then at your five year anniversary have a renewal

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

If they do give you trouble about giving the deposit back, you can call the credit card company you used and explain the situation. A lot of times the credit card will refund you and then deal with the dispute with the vendor on your behalf (or just eat the cost if it’s not worth it to them).

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