- 10 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
When Fiance and I first saw the arts center where we are getting married, we were absolutely in love. It has these two fabulous marble staircases that meet on a platform where we will become husband and wife; gorgeous chandeliers all over the ceiling; and beautiful lush carpets and high windows. When we heard the $1300 price tag on the place, we were hesitant to go so far above our budget for a venue, but my mom offered to pay so we said ok!
The place has been a nightmare ever since. When we sat down with the manager at our first meeting to discuss the contract, the price went from $1300 to, Oh, and you’ll need to pay a $200 fee for an event coordinator, a $200 cleaning fee, you’ll need an off-duty cop if you want to serve alcohol, so that’s another $125… Oh, and you HAVE to use us for alcohol and our bartenders cost $8 an hour plus gratuity… and if you want to have food, you have to use one of our recommended caterers or that’s another $500 fee, and you have to get a dance floor too. So our price of $1300 shot suddenly to $2389. Well, my parents still said they’d cover it, so we just sucked it up and signed.
We just had our first meeting with them a few weeks ago. They’d had a change in management, so we were dealing with a new guy. And the bad news just kept coming! Oh, you’re not allowed to use candles (THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN GOOD TO KNOW 9 MONTHS AGO BEFORE I BOUGHT 72 OF THEM!!!!), and we’re charging you $15 an hour for bartenders now instead of $8, and you have to pay a fee to use any of our decorations. He also promised to send me an email containing information on alcohol prices and info about a piano for my friend to play during the ceremony (yeah, should have had that information for our scheduled meeting, but whatever.)
It took TWO WEEKS and a call from Fiance for him to finally send us the information. Then when he does send it he tells me that all he has is a scratched up old piano to use and he wants to charge me $75 to use it plus a tuning fee IF we want the old thing tuned (what a bs price for a beat up old piano!). And then he sends me a little PS email telling me… Oh, by the way, all we have are plastic cups for the bar, so if you want something different you’ll need to rent them!
WHAT??? You tell us that we HAVE to use your bar services if we want alcohol and then you tell me you don’t even have glasses to serve them in???? WHY WASN’T I TOLD THIS TEN MONTHS AGO!!
ARg. Thanks for letting me vent about my stupid venue.