Post # 1
Opinions needed! Please only comment if you are willing to share a polite and helpful perspectives (seriously annoyed with judgemental and accusatory posts that are not helpful).
We are getting married at a beautiful venue and it’s definitely not cheap. There is a $25 rental fee per person in additional to the already expensive charge per plate. I visited the venue in september 2013 and was given a packet with the prices per plate. We signed the contract within the month. The venue also sent a excel spreadsheet with the original per plate prices.
The prices were increased for the 2014 wedding season after we already signed the contract. Should I request for the same price that they quoted when we visited and signed the contract? Or is this something that I have to just deal with. It’s frustrating because we have already dealt with a lot of hiccups so far with the management at the venue…
Post # 3
@DC_ChicagoBride: You need to read your contract and see when the prices are locked in, likely they don’t lock in until the deadline for providing the final count to the venue. If this is the case you can always ask for them to give you the old prices but there is a good chance they tell you no and that the contract states when the prices lock
Post # 4
@DC_ChicagoBride: If you signed a contract before the prices went up and there was no mention from the Venue that the price would increase because your wedding would be in 2014 vs 2013, then I would def. ask for the 2013 prices discussed!
Did you thoroughly read the contract before you signed? Were there any clauses in it about prices changes?
Post # 5
What’s your contract state? Mine said that all pricing was estimated and would be locked in 90 days prior to our wedding day. Does yours say something similar?
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant
I’m not really sure about the answer. My rational brain says that whatever it was when you signed the contract is what they should agree to. But I know that when we signed our venue contract, they said that the prices could go up in 2014 (they didnt!), but we would know ahead of time, and it would only be about $1-2 per person. So I don’t know!
Post # 7
Depends what your contract says. If there is the price and no other mention or changes, you should get whatever the price in the contract is. If there is a mention that “prices subject to change” then you are stuck with the price increase.
Post # 8
Yes, I should have read the contract more carefully. I just thought of reviewing it after I posted this.
The contract states that the prices are locked in once the menu is finalized. We are flying into Chicago next week to do the tasting and choose the menu, which means we are subject to the price increase.
The annoying part is that I tried to schedule the tasting in 2013 when we were in town… and they told me that they typical don’t do tasting that early… probably because they knew the price would increase. Argh!
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I agree it depends on what your contract says, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to ask. When we signed our contract it locked in 2013 pricing for us which was great. We also got all the special offers they had at the time for 2013 which were also pretty good. But if that wasn’t stated then they may be able to raise the prices on you and not honor the prices you were initially quoted. I know other venues I looked at stressed that I was seeing their 2013 prices and that prices would probably go up for 2014.
ETA: Ah just saw your update! That’s too bad! We did our tasting last June, I know it was early but we figured it was best to just check it off our list.
Post # 10
Unfortunately they will probably not give you the 2013 pricing due to the wording in your contact. It never hurts to ask though!
Our final food prices weren’t locked in until 10 weeks before the wedding and if course the prices increased about 12 weeks before. You’re probably right about their reasoning for not allowing an earlier tasting.
Post # 11
@DC_ChicagoBride: there is no harm in asking to have the 2013 pricing honoured – the worst that can happen is they say no!
Post # 12
@DC_ChicagoBride: It should be in your contract. Ours states that we’ll pay the 2014 prices in 2015.
I’d email them and ask if its not stated. There were some mistakes in our contract before we signed that we had to correct. Both times it was just things she new she’d quoted down but forgot the actual figure. As soon as we got back to her she changed it and admitted the error. No issues.
IMO, it can’t hurt to try if its not stated in your contract either way.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
They may not honor the prices from 2013, but you could ask them to modify the menu to include options that more closely match the price you were quoted in 2013. I’m getting married in Chicago at the Waldorf Astoria, my contract states prices can go up before the date of the wedding and I’m subject to paying the price at the date of my wedding (contract signed may of ’13 – wedding september ’14). My company hosted their annual holiday party at the same location and were tyring to keep in budget with the 2012 pricing so the Waldorf limited the menu to accomidate the lower prices. Good Luck, but it doesn’t hurt to ask!
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
Thought of this after I posted, but you could also ask them to throw in other items for free to help with the up-charge. Like adding champagne to the bar or giving you an upgraded bar…