(Closed) I feel like my venue lied to me D=

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@HappilyEverAfter54: Oh that’s lousy!  Sorry 🙁  (FWIW-I would go on their website and print up what it says, then have a talk with them about the extra fees!!!) Maybe they will reduce them.

Post # 5
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4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What I found when booking our venue is that their website would say one thing, but the contract says something else. There are still certain things that are unclear to me (Do we get the place for the standard five hours or longer than that? etc.) so I’m planning on paying a visit in the near future to show my mom the venue and hopefully ask some more questions while I’m there.

Post # 6
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2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Did you return the signed contract back?  I wouldn’t until you have the meeting.  Before your meeting go through each and every line of the contract and note questions you have.  And definitely print out the information from their website to ask them about it.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definitely bring a list of questions and ask for everything you want before you sign and pay the deposit.

Sometimes wording is ‘standard’ for all sorts of contracts, so the time issue may be for that.  There’s no way any wedding venue only allots for 30 minutes set up.

Make sure they detail very specifically what is included.  That you have chairs, tables, china & glassware set up and tear down for your maximum number of guests included. That you don’t have to pay extra for cake, gift, placecard, buffet or guestbook tables.

If linen is provided by them, get in writing what it is.  Floorlength or what size, what colors are available, chair covers, etc.

For the bars – find out what the bartender fee is, find out how many bars you will have, and find out if there is any additional set up fee or penalty to you if the sales don’t reach a certain number.

If you’re having a buffet, be sure to find out what the chef attendant fees are and how many you have to have.

For the ceremony, make sure they include chair set up and removal. 

Also find out what events are booked currently for the morning of or day prior to your wedding.  (that way you’ll know if it’s possible to get in there earlier to decorate).

Good luck!  Without knowing more specifics about your venue and planned meals I can’t be of more help, but I write contracts like that for a living for weddings so let me know if I can be of any more help!!!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@HappilyEverAfter54: Oh, ok good! I had my dad look over all of the contracts very carefully, before we signed anything (he has a lot of experience with them) so I was happy to have his opinion and help when we were booking.  I hope it works out, it sucks to feel like your being ripped off or potentially ripped off.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@HappilyEverAfter54: Oh man, that sucks so bad. Have you been able to talk to them since you posted this?

 

My venue surprise was that there is no bathroom available during the ceremony. But I do understand, the woman who is marrying us does weddings out of her huge house/garden so guests would be using her personal bathroom. Luckily our ceremony is short.

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