(Closed) Legal advice on venue

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think your biggest problem is that it would likely cost more than $600 and take a LONG TIME to get that money back. You can threaten them with going to contact a lawyer, but it is likely in your best interest to just consider it a mistake and move on.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

They won’t even let you move your deposit to another date? Our deposit was also non refundable, but you could move the date within the same year or X number of months, something like that.Maybe try that angle?

 

Post # 5
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3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It depends on what the contract states, but I’m guessing that there’s not much recourse you have unless they promised you rooms nearby.  Can you move the date?  It’s likely that they would be more willing to move the date of the wedding than to refund you.  You can also talk to them about the bad publicity – that it was deceptive because they should have known about this big event and that for the sake of their good reputation they should refund you.

Post # 6
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23 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Since it was paid by a credit card, could your credit card company help you out in any way? Like you said, there was no contract. They didn’t abide 100% by the policy anyway, so I’m sure there is some leeway in the matters, especially since it’s a small town. When will the wedding be? If it’s really close, then I’d understand why they wouldn’t like to refund the money. Anyway, good luck!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@littletkettle: Actually, it was more the OP that didn’t abide by the obligation to pay in a certain form or not, which the vendor could have chosen to reject but didn’t.  Unfortunately, there is such a thing as “material breach” which is when one party fails to fulfill a significant part of the contract and “substantial performance” which is when one side mostly fulfills their obligations.  In other words, the size of the error makes a difference.  A little mistake on one part doesn’t mean the contract is invalid, but a big mistake on the part of one can make it invalid. 

Post # 8
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1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

File a dispute with your credit card, the lack of a written contract is a good fact for you, as you signed nothing stating that you were aware that the deposit was non-refundable.  I can’t remember my contract law classes, but certain contracts are only enforcable if in writing.

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