Post # 1
So my worst wedding-related nightmare is being confirmed. Our wedding venue (which is gorgeous and I absolutely adore!) is up for sale! We are just a few months away from the big day and I don’t know if we will be able to find another venue at this late of a date in the small city we live in. We already put down a deposit. Has this happened to anyone else? Can I ask for my deposit back? The manager of the venue has been let go and we have been in contact mostly with the wedding planner who does all of the planning for the venue. I don’t know what to do at this point. None of the venue people or the wedding planner (whose services we are not utilizing) are returning my phone calls.
Post # 3
Sorry this is happening to you. I can’t even imagine the stress. They should still be able to honor your contract; just maybe with different owners, if it sells prior to your wedding. Since they aren’t returning your calls, I suggest going to the venue to speak to someone in person. If that doesn’t work, find a contracts lawyer in your area to give you a free consultation, so you can find out what your options are.
Post # 4
Does your contract state anything about this situation (or them going bankrupt or closing before your date)? I don’t have first hand experience, but would think that most places would honor reservations made during the previous owner’s tenure. Could you contact the realtor handling the sale and see if you can get an answer that way?
Post # 5
Ugh what a mess. Personally, if no one was returning my phone calls, I’d march down to the venue and insist on getting some answers. If no one will speak to you, I’d go to the media as a last resort. I guess right now, the most important thing is finding out if until the venue is sold and handed over to the new owners (which could take 2 months or 4 years), they will be honouring current contracts. I mean, there’s no guarantee how long it’s going to be on the market, so I’d be most concerned about what the current owners are going to do. I would also want to know if part of their conditions for selling is if the new owners honour existing contracts. What a mess! Get yourself over to their office!
Post # 6
Thanks, bees!! I took everyone’s advice and just went to talk to them. They said the owners would honor any contracts up until April 1st. Our wedding is March 25, so that basically means we are probably one of the last events at the venue. Oh geeze. I really hope they aren’t lying to me. I’d rather be told now so we can make necessary arrangements at an alternate venue. Ugh….
Thanks again everyone!
Post # 7
@SamanthaSadlier: Just make sure you get that in writing and you should be fine!