Post # 1
I found out recently that my venue has gone out of business. I have been trying to reach the contact for this venue for about a month- I drove by to see if anyone was available and saw a for sale sign on the property- we have no way of contacting the people, all phones have been disconnected. My parents have contacted the BBB and they were told there is nothing they can do! Does anyone have advice?
My parents have come to grips with losing the money but I just can’t believe that there is nothing that can be done!
Any sound advice would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
Did they own the property? If so, you could try the real estate company that’s selling it.
If they rented or leased it try and find the property management company that is now renting it.
Sorry I couldn’t be more help, good luck!
Post # 4
Did you have a contract? If you did, I’d take them to court… For me it is the principle of the matter more than the money!
Post # 5
I’m so sorry to hear about your venue! If I were in your situation I’d contact a lawyer to discuss your options (if the deposit was a lot of $$). Otherwise – I’d contact the media to let them know about the situation b/c there are likely many other brides or planners who had an event at your venue that was duped out of their deposit. Good luck!
Post # 6
That’s happened in my area – several venues have gone out of business and though the clients couldn’t get any of their money back other vendors in the area pitched and helped by trying to accomodate the brides with a discount.
If you can’t get money back, perhaps you could get with other brides or talk to other vendors about what happened – chances are they already know and are ready to either make a deal or not, as the wedding world tends to be fairly small.
Post # 7
You have to get your money back! Call a lawyer
Post # 8
I’m assuming you didn’t have wedding insurance. You can try to google and see what comes up, if there are any similar brides from the venue who have posted what they have done. Like @Lish mentioned, there may be other venues willing to chip in. So sorry this happened to you and keep us posted.
Post # 9
OMG. i can’t believe this happened. I agree with everyone else get a lawyer talk to local news media. You have to get your money back. Also when u get a lawyer ask them to get you the money on the invites if already purchased as u will have to re-do these also. I hope everything works out for you GOD bless. Please post and let us know how this turns out.
Post # 10
What a nightmare. You might be abel to go after the owner in small claims???
Post # 11
Contact your state’s attorney general. This happened to us a few months ago and luckily we were able to find another venue. We still haven’t gotten our deposit back yet, but the attorney general is working to get all of the brides’s their money back. There are about 30 couples that lost money from this place when they filed bankruptcy.
Good Luck! I hope you’re able to find a new venue as easily as we did!
Post # 12
File a police report for business/commerical fraud/theft.
This happened to my friends and I standing up in my MOH’s wedding in 2006. Our dress shop closed about 5 months after taking our deposit. You can go after them in small claims court (usually up to $500 is considered small claims), but you need a police report first. The only thing is that it’s hard to prove fraud. Being a poor business owner is not fraud.
Also, one of the local TV stations did a bit on the dress shop when it closed because there were so many people who were left out to dry. Some brides had their weddings days away. A lot of other businesses came out to help those people who lost their deposits. The shop that helped my group out is actually the place I bought my dress from. They now have a customer for life. Call up your local TV station if you want, I’m sure they’d love to dig up the owner and put him on TV.