Legal advice with venue-please help!

posted 4 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
2099 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
2669 posts
Sugar bee

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
1891 posts
Buzzing bee

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
1503 posts
Bumble bee

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
4 posts

Dear OP,

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.


Good luck.

Post # 7
1051 posts
Bumble bee

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. 🙂 

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