(Closed) Our venue hosts are trying to run the show!

posted 10 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh gosh. I don’t know what to say, other than I feel you. We haven’t even told his Future Mother-In-Law of our plan to get married and there is one important reason why: my Mother-In-Law. She’s just want to RUN the show! When we bought an apt. she and I would have such tense moments and "strong voiced" conversations bc she wanted to decide on EVERYTHING for OUR house! If I were you I’d probably stick my foot in my mouth and say something and then probably regret it. My FH is the calm, collected and well thought out one of us. He would probably say to not say anything and just say "uh huh" and then do what you want. At least that is what he does with his mom! But that wouldn’t really work in your case. How about taking them out for dinner and talking to them calmly about it? Or how about if HE talked to them about it so it’d be less uncomfortable for you? I wish you the best of luck!

Post # 4
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Well, the problem is, it’s not your venue.  It’s their home.  And whatever they initially said, they can’t seem to get past the idea that they somehow control the party.  This is like selling a used car to a relative, or loaning money to a friend – there is a very slim chance that it will turn out okay, and a huge probability that everyone will end up unhappy and a relationship will be damaged.

I think that you need to decide whether being able to have the wedding and reception at their home is worth playing by their rules.  And by the way, if the rules have changed already, I would assume that you have to count on them changing again.  How much worse is it going to be when they change their mind about what you can or can’t do, and when, after you’ve already sent the invitations?  After you’ve booked the vendors? In a lot of ways, it’s good that you found out so early that they don’t really know how to offer you their home and then get out of the picture.  Of course, maybe the cost savings and beauty of the setting make it worth putting up with not really knowing whether you’ll have anything the way you want… that’s your decision.  If it was me, I think the stress of dealing with these people would probably not be worth it.  I would say keep looking for something that you can afford, where you will be working with professionals who will lay out the rules up front, and not change them along the way.

If you do have the wedding at their house, please make sure that you get insurance.  It’s easy to have your venue listed as co-insured on your home-owner’s policy for the day.  That way, when your guests spill red wine on the carpet, or your hosts’ expensive antique vase ends up broken, you won’t end up with a whole lot more ugliness over how to fix the problem.  Because this stuff happens, believe me.  And while a professional venue would establish in your contract what your liability might be, dealing with something like that with these people is going to be a nightmare.

Post # 5
9 posts

Since this is their home in a residential area (I assume?) they may be very nervous about a "rocking party". They may be envisioning drunk, loud people, angry neighbors, a lawn that’s ruined by a dance floor and on and on. Perhaps they’re interviewing a caterer because they don’t want an unknown company using their kitchen, bringing random staff into their home etc. Whatever it is they’re clearly having second thoughts about giving you free reign.

Like suzanno said, you probably either have to make peace with the fact that they’re going to be calling the shots, or graciously bow out while hurt feelings are at a minimum. 

Good luck!

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