- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2018
3 months ago, I booked my June 2018 wedding venue. I was pretty excited about it because we had gone to the venue to have the tasting in February, the food was AMAZING and the fact that the tables had gorgeous silk flowers that matched my color scheme and looked great, meant that we’d be able to save on flowers which could be costly! The icing on the cake was that between Feb’s tasting and June’s booking, someone had bought the venue and the new owner said they’d be making tons of renovations to the place. We get points on our credit cards, but can only pay with card once for the deposits, so we decided to pay the first and second deposit in one shot which was $3,500.
I got a call out the blue last night stating that they’re closing down because upon doing renovations, it was discovered that the venue had significant structural damage and was over 60 years old. I was like..oh, so you mean you’re shutting down to fix the damage? Would it be done by June? She said, “no, we’re shutting down completely, indefinitely by January; as a matter of fact, by mid-Dec.” I was taken aback but then she asked me if I was familiar with one of the other venues in their portfolio, and that my date is still available, but I’d have to book quickly to secure the date.
My partner thinks this is sketchy b/c to his point, who buys a property without having it closely inspected? And to add to that, the new owner said he owned like 3-4 other wedding venues, so this wasn’t his first rodeo. I’ve read horror stories on here about vendors going out of business and couples never recouping the money, and I have student loans, my partner small credit card debt, so we can’t just take that hit.
If the chef isn’t the one who made the food during the original tasting, I’d want to have a new tasting b/c we went to another sister property prior to booking, and the food was inedible. If silk flowers aren’t included in the other venue (all pics online show couples having their own flowers), then this is sort of a deal breaker because it will add thousands to our cost.
What should we do? Should I trust booking their other location? We already had a courthouse ceremony this summer so we could move in together and save since we’re paying for it on our own, but 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 (me, my student loans 6 months early; he, his credit card and car balance).