(Closed) Reception site emergency!

posted 10 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should I look for a new venue, or stay with the current one?

    Abandon ship!

    Keep a steady hand, captain.

  • Post # 3
    136 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Scary!  I would get a contract written on your behalf that states your wedding will take place or you get a full-refund.  Have a clause in the contract about them fixing all the violations by a certain date to give you time to have a Plan B.  It sounds pretty sketchy to me but don’t trust their word – get it all in writing.  Perhaps there is a lawyer in your family or I am sure you can find one online that can write something up for a small fee.

    Post # 5
    72 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    That is scary… it sounds too good to be true. I can’t find a DJ, a bartender, OR a venue for less that $1500 apiece!

    I’m of the mindset that you should hope for the best and plan for the worst. Can you start looking around for back-up venues, just in case? Zoning stuff can be fixed, but if they aren’t communicating with brides, that’s a red flag to me.

    Do you already have a contract with them?

    Post # 6
    2599 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    If you already have a signed contract, ask them to provide you with an addendum (a contract that happens after the contract) that covers cancellation on their part and return of monies/deposits in case of their closure or bankruptcy.  If you know a lawyer or have access to legal call services through work or something have them scope out your contract.

    It’s a great deal, and I’m sure it’s hard if you love it!  But for me, I would run in the other direction.  Taking my deposits with me and finding what I could in a similar price range, even if it meant a big change in the feel of the day.

    It would be worth it to me for the piece of mind.

    And if they give you any problems with any of it – call the news station you saw the report on for back up.

    Good luck!

    Post # 7
    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    i am so sorry to say that i am having the same problem and with our contract if we leave we loose it all. We are already about $8000. in. I read horrifying reviews last week about dirty beds and water that was gritty. I’m so sick over it. So if you can go I would get out!

    Post # 8
    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    What were the problems with the weddings? Like double booking or like linens aren’t ironed? How serious were the issues with the brides?

    Zoning and many code violations are a bigger deal for them than you. As long as the whole building doesn’t collapse. With that kind of deal I say, stick it out, and get EVERYTHING in writing with specifics of what you want and what you expect and firm expectations of what happens if they don’t fulfill their end.

    If they’ve been outed like this, it’s likely they’ll do everything in their power to hold on to business and not lose their shirts.

    Post # 10
    72 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Ok… I feel better about it after you clarified. It doesn’t sound like he’s trying to scam people. I was an engineering coordinator in a hotel (that held weddings) and I recall sometimes I would be made aware of violations but we’d be given time to fix it. He was probably under the same type of understanding, but attention being called to it meant they had to lay down the law.

    The good news is that now it MUST get fixed for him to make any more money, and I agree that he’s probably poured a lot of $ and heart into this place, so I believe he’ll get that stuff fixed. But, still, it doesn’t hurt to have a plan B, if only for your piece of mind!

    Post # 11
    217 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I would probably keep looking- a signed contract won’t really get you far if they go bankrupt.  Sure you can sue them at your expense, but then you are left without your money.  without a venue. and a huge hassle to fight. 

    I would jump ship.  

    Post # 16
    72 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    It looks like there are some gorgeous parks there! Usually parks are cheaper than traditonal venues… most look like dry venues though but they have 3 that allow booze:


    Look on the bottom where it says reception sites. You poor thing, hopefully your 1st choice will come through!

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