(Closed) Reception site being auctioned?

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
46603 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This certainly must be stressful for you. Let’s hope that the new owners honor the previously booked dates. I can’t imagine that they would want to alienate a whole bunch of people by cancelling when they are just starting out.

I don’t want to worry you unnecessarily but new owners sometimes want to do renovations. I might be scouting out an alternate venue, just in case.

Post # 5
13248 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t want to scare you, but this happened to a friend of mine.  She lost her deposit and had to fine a new venue on short notice.

Post # 6
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This happened at my venue a few years ago- in this instance, the NEW management was more organized and more experienced in running events than the last and it was a HUGE improvement in the way the venue did business. I would have an honest and transparent conversation with whomever you booked your wedding through- and find out what the contingency plan is once the venue exchanges hands. I would say that under contract you are protected but you are not, since the legal entity, ie. the venue could change.

Post # 7
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

if you paid your deposit with a credit card, theres a law, the federal regulation C, entitles consumers to receive refunds if the merchandise delivered doesnt live up to whats promised. just an fyi!

Post # 9
18 posts

Not to scare you, but I recently saw a news report locally on this one bride who had put down a deposit on her wedding reception for a year in advance. Within the year, the location changed owners and the new owners asked for a new deposit (bc the old deposit and contract was signed with the old owners) and changed the entire venue into a nautical theme, old gentleman’s club type decor. Legally, they could do whatever they wanted and didn’t have to honor the old contracts. I think the bride couldn’t get their deposit back either because of some contract clause and also I think because the old owners declared bankruptcy. I would try to find who the new owners will be and talk to them as soon as possible along with looking at your old contract to see what happens if something like this happens.

Post # 10
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It likely depends what the contract selling the venue says…  And I doubt you can get your hands on that paper.

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