(Closed) Reception Venue Contract Problems

posted 13 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

OMG. i say you talk to the owner. that really is ridiculous! I recently postoned my wedding by nearly 6months, which takes it into 2009. I know that their prices will change by that time (it has actually already changed since we first booked), but they assured me that I would be getting the original prices we had seen when we signed our contract. I do not think you are being unreasonable to think you would be paying the prices on the menu you have attached to your contract. Just be firm but polite… Good luck!

Post # 4
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Yeah if it’s not IN the actual contract then they can’t expect you to "know it" – that’s what the contract is for.

I’ve found in the few times I’ve had to get stearn with a vendor for various reasons, reminding them that I will call the BBB, always gets them to listen a little bit more clearly. That and once I actually had to ask my attorny for adivce about something about a contract (because I could get a free advice from him, and most over the phone will give you a consult for free too) and when I mentioned that they agreed they were being unreasonable….some places push buttons because they don’t expect customers to really try to resolve it, but rather just pay in the end.

I say refuse the increase, your prices are clearly stated and it’s not in the contract that prices are subject to change, they can’t hold you to it.They know that, they just want to get you for more. It’s like my dress shop coming back for $300 more after the fact because the dress is more popular now.



Post # 5
236 posts
Helper bee

Ok, take a deep breath and relax.  If your contract does not state that the prices are subject to change then they are as listed on the menu that was attached to your contract at the time.  The only problem you may have is if the price list says that it is subject to change.  They may try to use this as an issue, but if you signed the contract at that price then it should be locked in.  Chances are the person you spoke with did not know what was really going on.

However, you do need to meet with the manager and have them sign off on that price sheet so that there are no further questions.  They should also provide you with an addenedum to the contract stating the full price for the day.  This should include any extras like beverage and linen costs and it should also note any price for staying longer than contracted for.  Any included gratuity and tax should be on the contract. 

If your contact is not the manager be sure to request to have both at your next meeting and schedule one right away.  Do not go alone.  Bring your Fiance or a Bridesmaid or Best Man or a parent so that you have a witness if things do not go the way you want and you do need to contact a lawyer (or a friend who can "represent you").  Also, it is always good to have some moral support.

If you have issues with the manager as well, just mention that you will be happy to pass the issue on to your lawyer.  And will discourage any other brides on the blogs from using thier space.  This can be risky because they may just offer to return your deposit.  If there is plenty of time to find a new venue and the invitations haven’t been ordered with the current venue on them then go for it.  Vendors have a tendency to take advatage fo brides because they are so emotionaly attached to what is going on that they don’t always think clearly or are willing to pay extra just to get what they want. $1050 is not a small chunk of change when you are on smaller budget for the wedding.

If you are worried about slander all you have to do is keep it vague and say you had a very bad experience due to a disagreement about the price and were forced to find a new venue at the last minute.  Which is not slander but the truth without specifics and not something they can argue with.

Post # 7
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I had a similar situation occur with one of the venues I looked at.  I would look over the paperwork to make sure that it doesn’t say "prices subject to change" ANYWHERE… in the contract, on the pricelist, etc.  I don’t think it’s fair for you to "comprimise" in this situation because you were never informed that prices could go up (or down… but how likely does that happen?).

I talked to one of my friends in the catering business and he said that businesses usually do have the right to increase the prices, but not without stating so in any documentation. 

Good luck!  Let us know how it goes.

Post # 8
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I would try to go in and talk to the owner in person (since it seems you are doing much of the "talking" via email).

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