Post # 1
Ok, so…we booked the place back in November because we really liked the general manager of the country club. He was going to our day-of coordinator and had a ton of experience. We felt so comfortable with him, and although the place wasn’t the nicest one we looked at, it just seemed right.
Well, we decided we would hold off the planning until after the new year. Something seemed wrong to me when I went to the country club website and could not find the manager’s extension. After leaving a few messages, my FH finally got through…
The guy had retired! Yes, he has a replacement who is "looking forward to working with us" but OMG! I am an absolute wreck. We chose the place because of him! We are in this contract now! What if we don’t like this new guy? He says he has experience…but as a caterer!
I can’t calm down!
Post # 3
I’d say wait to panic until after you meet with the guy. Who knows, he might be even better than the first! Breathe deep and once you’ve calmed down schedule a meeting. This is definitely still workable!
Post # 4
Obviously it’s upsetting to suddenly find out that you have to work with someone new. But I’m sure the club wouldn’t have hired him if they didn’t think he was qualified, and you may like him just fine if you give him a chance. We also got married at our country club. They have had the same general manager the whole time we have been members, but a couple of different banquet managers – both of whom have been delightful people, and very competent.
Worst case, maybe you end up hiring a DOC separately just to make sure things go off as planned. In fact, if the old general manager is just retired and not working another job, maybe you can hire him to come in and help out!
Post # 5
All three of the people at our venue were fired, so I had the same freakout! I shared it with the new guy, and he listened to my concerns. I also hired a DOC (which I highly recommend if you can find someone good you can afford). In the end, the new guy was soooo much better than the original people, he made the day really fabulous for us! Good luck, I am sure it will work out great.