(Closed) I'm so lost and angry (long)

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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263 posts
Helper bee

So Sorry to hear that and wish you could tell us who it was! Maybe even describing the venue in a little more detail would help future brides. Two things:

1) Calm down and re-read the contract to see if there’s a way to get your deposit back. Consider small claims court – especially if they haven’t expended any costs on your wedding yet

2) If not, cut your losses if you can afford it and get a new company. Chalk it up to experience and read your next contract carefully. Make sure everything you want for sure is included in the contract. Use your experience to at least help other brides get educated on this – I feel like way too many brides get taken for a ride by vendors. It really sucks and some vendors are really that sleazy

Post # 5
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263 posts
Helper bee

They sound terrible! How much have you paid them already? I’d consider not paying them anything at all if you haven’t paid yet or just not paying the balance. Seriously. You can gamble on the fact that they will not spend the time and effort to go after you because it’s not worth it (and it’s expense to sue/debt collect). If the contract doesn’t explicitly say that you owe them money for anything else, you can still walk away. Cancellation should be allowed if you are willing to walk away from your deposit.

Honestly, they sound like a fucking nightmare. I’ve dealt with businesses and contracts a LOT and trust me, you’d rather pay them $3K and walk away than have to deal with them for the next X months and on the day of your wedding. It sucks, but it’ll be LOADS better for your mental health and happiness for this year.

 

Post # 6
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263 posts
Helper bee

I’ve lived in Georgia too by the way! There’s plenty of spectacular sites around the state – Savannah, Tybee Island, lots of beautiful old homes.

Post # 7
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263 posts
Helper bee

Also you should file a complaint against them with the Better Business Bureau. It’s your legal right to do that at least, I’m also pretty sure they can’t hold you liable for saying anything that’s true online or otherwise. I don’t give a shit what their contract says, that’s not really legal – but would be good to get some of the lawyer bees opinions on here

Post # 8
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263 posts
Helper bee

Sorry – you have me worked up now too – also, what’s to say your sister can’t post up a review on weddingwire or here or your friend or your mother? The contract only applies to you right?

Post # 10
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2053 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@SexyMess:  Grrrrrrr! How dare they take advantage of you this way. 🙁 So sorry. I second filing a complaint to the Better Business Bureau. I think you could make a preemptive strike if you were to walk. Call a lawyer, have he/she review the contract and give you some legal advice on how to proceed (maybe write a letter to the company on your behalf?) when you return from deployment. Make a claim before the company does and schedule a court date when you return? They are bullies and that is ridiculous that they would lock you into paying $10K. There’s gotta be an out. And heck, tell me their name and I’ll write them a poor review. 😉 I’m not contracted to do so otherwise.

Post # 11
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263 posts
Helper bee

Don’t be afriad of the big bullies. Most of it’s posturing and intimidation. I’ve run up against some big companies and they just want to scare you most of the time. Talk to your coordinator’s lawyer (and to a second lawyer or lawyer friend if you don’t like what you hear) and know your legal rights and options. This venue is so obviously a bully when it comes to brides.

Post # 12
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2759 posts
Sugar bee

The general public and media are pretty sympathetic and hypervigilant about any kind of misfortune taken out on military personell – I’d honestly consider talking to the media about this and expose these people for going after two deployed people and taking advantage of you like that. Chances are, they’ll back down pretty quickly at THAT kind of exposure.

Post # 14
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228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I sure hope your father’s lawyer can find a way to get out of that contract!  That is a terrible way to run a business!  I also recommend contacting the BBB.  If you do, it would hurt to seek their advice also.  In some provinces (and I assume states) there are stipulations on how much a company can legally retain if a contract is ended before the event occurs.

 

Post # 15
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155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Even though you know DOD might get mad at you, the venue doesn’t. I’d have the attorney or event planner mention it to them that the local news might be interested in how they are treating two active members of the military and taking advantage of their deployment to engage in poor business practices. That getting out would garner attention from multiple news agencies and their stipulation of “no bad reviews” certainly wouldn’t matter with that much negative attention on them. Even if you don’t go through with it, the threat of it happening might be enough for them to change their tune and make you happy.

Post # 16
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3053 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

This sucks and makes me really mad. DEFINITELY go to lawyers, and if necessary threaten to go to the media like other PPs have said. Get the lawyer’s advice about their “no bad reviews” policy, if it only applies to the internet, it doesn’t keep you from notifying the media, if it only applies to you & your Fiance, your sister can do it, etc. I really hope we get good news from you that they stopped being assholes.

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