(Closed) My wedding venue closed with only 44 days before our wedding!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

good god! surely they can’t do that?! are they going to refund you? do you have wedding insurance?

hope you are able to find somewhere quickly… it’s easier said, but try to stay calm, i’m sure it will work out. good luck!

Post # 4
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Been there… done that.

My first wedding (circa 1980) our venue went bankrupt within a month of our day.  It was a very stressful time for us.

There was of course the need to find a NEW Venue, but also in the fact that there was a Deposit lost (was around $ 500 back then as I recall).  And of course the Invites were already out.

Thankfully, My Dad came thru.  He spread the word thru our community to everyone he knew (I also lived in Rural Canada).

And in the end we ended up at a Local Sports Club Hall… when someone whom he worked with said he could use it (the member sponsored him).

Sure it meant that EVERYTHING had to change… in that we now needed a Caterer, DJ and a Bartender and Booze etc (the original venue was full-service and we were getting all those things included)

My Dad also had Reminder Cards printed (business card size… printed to match our Invites) that we mailed out as soon as we had the info for the new Reception Venue.  And following the Ceremony at the Church, we had someone handing out directions to the new Venue as well.

BUT in the end it all worked out, and was a great fit for us.  Probably more so than the original spot would of been.

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So spread the word… and start looking beyond the “regular” spots…

Country Clubs and Restaurants with larger seperate rooms are certainly an option (although this can be a pricey because you’ll no doubt have to buy all your food & drink thru them)

For Self Catering… take a look at Community Centres – Church Halls – Legion Halls – Volunteer Halls (ie Knights of Columbus – Free Masons – Lions Club – Rotary Club) – Recreation Facilities with Meeting Halls (Curling Rinks – Hockey Arenas – Pool & Tennis Club Houses etc)

Hope this helps,

(( HUGS ))


Post # 5
2385 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m so, so sorry. That’s a terrible thing to have happen. I hope everything works out for you. 

Post # 6
13013 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m so sorry to hear this!  Make sure you send them a certified letter demanding all your money back (if they went bankrupt, you might not get it, but at least you’ll have proof that you tried if it goes to civil litigation), and good luck in finding a new venue!  Things will work out!

Post # 7
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

I’m sorry to hear about that, don’t worry about the Xmas parties though, your wedding will bring in much more money than a smaller Xmas party so venues are more likely to go with you if they aren’t already booked.

Post # 8
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’m so sorry! Delegate! If you make a list of possible venues, split up the phone calls/emails. Have Mom/FMIL/someone take care of finding a new officiant for you.

Post # 9
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

So sorry to hear this! Big hugs to you!

Post # 10
1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@islanderbride:  Yikes! First things first, take a look at your contract. I would definitely fight to get my deposit back, since they didn’t even make an attempt to fill the terms of your contract. I agree with the PP who suggested certified mail in case you decide to go the legal procedure route.

Next, start some serious searching online for venues, and spread the word among friends and family. PEI isn’t huge, so there’s a good chance someone knows something! Consider all types of venues: restaurants, golf courses, museums, hotels, Inns, anything that has enough capacity for your guests.

Here’s a link that has a list of 86 venues on PEI – hopefully something close by will work out!

Good Luck!

Post # 11
2556 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m so sorry!  🙁  Try to get any money you’ve paid back.  You’ll find something, just look high and low.  Breath.

Post # 12
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh my! Best of luck to you! You never know, the perfect alternative might be just around the corner. A town/church/sports club/school community center perhaps?


Post # 14
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@islanderbride:  I’m so happy to read everything seems to have fallen into place. Great job! Sounds like a good decision with the decorator. I’m sure it’ll work out with the hotel rooms. I will keep my fingers crossed!

Post # 15
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@islanderbride:  so happy you worked it out!!! Don’t worry about the change of venue, a blank slate for decor is AMAZING and with 75% of your venue budget back in your pocket, I’m sure it will turn out BEAUTIFULLY!

What venue is it, if you don’t mind me asking? Maybe we could help suggest decor?

Post # 16
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Glad you found a new venue.  What is it with people thinking it’s ok to do this… I know they probably had no control but wow.  My officiant cancelled on me 3 weeks out from my wedding so I know the rush feeling in fiding an replacement for that particular vendor.

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