Post # 1
Alright, I’ll try to make this short. SO and I are planning our wedding from out-of-state. When we were selecting venues, we sent my parents and his in-laws to tour these venues and take photos (the live where the wedding is happening). When my in-laws and parents saw the venue we ended up signing with, they loved it. Part of the ceremony part outside involves a gazebo. The gazebo has been leaning to the side after a really awful storm in the area. The venue coordinator told my parents and in-laws that it would be replaced by the time our wedding happened. Okay, awesome! We signed and that was the end of it.
A couple months after signing, the original coordinator emailed me and said he was promoted and would be moving to a different location (but still under the same company). He told me who my new coordinator would be. Okay, no issue. When I was discussing details with the new coordinator, I mentioned how I’m excited to see what the new gazebo looks like. He laughed and said ‘I’ll believe it when I see it.” Basically, he was telling me it wasn’t likely to happen. Well, I’ve just gotten in touch with some brides that have been married there and low and behold, it’s NOT fixed. Yes, we have about 5 months until our wedding but it doesn’t seem that it’s being dealt with.
So, I contacted the old coordinator and told him that since he promised it would be fixed, it needs to be fixed. Even if he only said it verablly, he promised it would be fixed. I now have an email (paper trail) of him admitting that he told me that because he managers said it would be. Now he’s discussing with the managers on how to get this handled.
In the case that it DOESN’T get handled, what can I do? I still want my ceremony there but am not paying full price to have my wedding in front of a gazebo that looks like a safety concern. And while it doesn’t say it will be fixed in our contract, I have an email from the old coordinator (who still works with the company) admitting that he told my parents it would be fixed.
Thanks for any insight!
Post # 2
I think you should just ask your venue what the back up plan is if it doesn’t get fixed. It is unlikely they will give you any money back. It’s not like their job changes depending on where on the property your ceremony is. legally speaking, you signed an agreement that sounds like it didn’t specifically mention the gazebo. Even if they agreed to fix it after the fact, there is likely no consideration for that to be considered a contract so I don’t think you have any legal course of action against them. Even if you could prove a separate contract, you’d have to prove damages of which you don’t have any. I’m not your lawyer, but this is not really a fight you want to take up with your venue several months before the wedding. My recommendation would be to find out what the back up plan, and then potentially approach them about something else extra they can add on for your ‘for your inconvenience’, maybe an extra app or something during cocktail hour.
Post # 3
I agree with PP. You’re likely not going to get anywhere legally with this. All you would do is tick off the staff, who will then not put much effort towards your wedding.
Find a different place on the property to get married at. And ask for some sort of upgrade as compensation.
Post # 4
If they can’t replace it, at least maybe they can remove it and provide some kind of wooden arch with flowers at their cost to stand in. Thats what I would focus on. First ask for partial money back, if they won’t do that then try to get them to add on some items at cost to them for your wedding. Like maybe they upgrade your table settings, or upgrade the food. Something that doesn’t cost them much but would cost you something if you upgraded it and had to pay them.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t jump to suing or threatening to sue just yet. You still want to have your wedding there, so becoming a hard ass beforehand will make things complicated for you. You say there are still 5 months to go. I would send an email to the manager of the venue and cc the coordonators and ask when the gazebo will be fixed as was promised when you were scouting the venue. See what they say.
Post # 6
Have your attorney send them a legal notice.
The contract was wrt the venue. The contract you signed was between you and a representative of the venue (the venue coordinator). The venue coordinator told you that the gazebo would be fixed by your wedding. This led you to sign the contract.
What I would advise you to do:
1. Plan B – back up plan
2. Send them a legal notice to fix the gazebo or to refund you part of what you paid/are paying (if you aren’t too concerned about the safety issues). However, if you are concerned, ask to refund the cost in full and find another location.
^ I don’t know how hard it would be for you to find a location in 5 months and whether you have send your wedding invitations yet, so point 2 would depend on those factors.
Post # 7
As an attorney, I agree that I wouldn’t be threatening lawsuit just yet if you want to try to preserve an amicable relationship for your wedding (provided you still want to get married there). Once you make that threat or actually get lawyers involved, the dynamic significantly – most times, not positively. I would forward those emails between you and the prior coordinator about the gazebo to the Groomsmen or whomever is in change and tell your story. I would point out the fact that the old coordinator was an agent of the venue and as an agent, he made a representation to you that the gazebo would be fixed prior to your wedding. And because of that representation (reliance), you decided to have your wedding there and signed the contract or but for that representation, you would never have chosen that venue and signed the contract. I would add that you are really excited about having your wedding at the venue but that you have significant concerns about the safety/integrity of the gazebo (as well as aesthetically), which could be a liability for both you and the venue if any of the guests were injured. However, you are confident that they will take care of the situation and you look forward to working with them. Or something like that…. 🙂
Please understand that this is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice and is for general informational purposes only. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to this legal matter. None of my statements above create an attorney-client relationship between me and any reader. 🙂