Post # 17
It’s not illegal. It’s simply a case of supply and demand. Wedding venues are very much in demand, and can charge whatever they want, whether they charge it as a rental or administration fee. As long as they disclose what they expect you to pay before your event, it’s perfectly legal. They may change their minds if nobody wants to use their services, though.
Post # 18
I don’t know why people assume things they do not like are illegal . You don’t have a right to do business with them at your price and not theirs
Post # 19
I’m sure that a business will not jeopardize being shut down for doing something illegal. I’m sure they can charge whatever they’re charging. I understand your frustration, though. When we booked our venue, an extra $4,000 was added on at the end because of tax and gratuity. My fiancé and I were stunned. But what can we do. There was no admin fee, just the tax and gratuity…
Post # 20
@cantonbride: I am not “assuming” I was told by another wedding venue of this if you read my origional post. This person may have been incorrect but they are a wedding vendor themselves and it does just seem ridiculous.
However, illegal or not, do you all really think this is “okay”? I guess you all have tons of money. I don’t care if WITh this added new fee it was in my price range, I still wouldn’t book. [Post moderated] It’s just so wrong.
Post # 21
@StarIzInkd: i think it depends. If I was given a contact that would manage everything on site that day and coordinate everything so I could relax and the rest of the pricing was in the affordable range and not already marked up for the added staff needed than maybe I would pay it but if I am paying $130 per person just for cocktails, open bar, salad and chicken then no I would not pay that added fee. I think the venue should probably work it into an added fee ive seen at places as a room site fee for rentals, staffing and cleaning or even make pricing in the all inclusive area for everything. I think the venues are being sneaking with the fees so you think its lower than it is because everyone forgets taxes for weddings when doing budgets but i dont see it as illegal just being slimy.
Post # 22
It’s called capitalism. Just take your business elsewhere.
Post # 23
I understood from the original post that they were trying to charge extra fees that were not mentioned on the contract (and if it’s not on the contract you should not pay it). I must have misread. But I totally agree with the OP that some venues are looking to take advantage of weddings, as do some vendors by changing their prices if they hear it’s for a wedding, but if your SO calls the next day not mentioning a wedding, they will give him a different quote.
Post # 24
“slimy”… THAT is what it is 😉
Post # 25
@StarIzInkd: I don’t have a ton of money, in fact. If a business tells me how much they charge for some thing, and I can’t afford it, I don’t buy it. Simple. No one is putting a gun to your head and forcing you to book a particular venue, I trust?
Also – comparing fees to rape? Incredibly tasteless.
Post # 26
No that’s not illegal. It would be an issue if they add in those fees after you sign the contract but it’s definitely not illegal if they tell you upfront. If you don’t like it don’t go there. It’s also pretty rude to call people who do choose to pay those fees assholes.
Post # 27
@StarIzInkd: “Rape me why don’t you”??? Wow.
It’s a private business and as long as fees are disclosed, they are legal. If you don’t want to pay administrative fees, have your event at someplace less focused on weddings.
Post # 28
@StarIzInkd: we had to pay this fee as well, although I’m not so sure it’s illegal (as long as they tell you up front about it and you agree and sign the contract)…also without this fee the price per head would just go up – they’d find a way to get the extra money somehow.
Post # 29
@StarIzInkd: You know what’s wrong? Comparing something you don’t like to rape. Very, very hurtful.
Post # 30
[Post moderated for name calling/snark]
Post # 31
I’m a corporate chef and I used to work at a luxury restaurant that did a lot of weddings. There’s actually some business reasons why a wedding costs more than a family reunion, and while I’m not saying all venues charge a higher price for weddings because they’re giving you more goods/services, I know many actually do. For example we had to get a special liquor license if the couple wanted dancing at their reception (liquor laws are weird) and a different license for live music. There usually isn’t live music and dancing at a family reunion. We didn’t charge a separate line item for that, but we did bump up the per-head cost to cover the licensing.
There’s also the extra setup and cleaning, since someone has to dig all the Jordan almonds out of the carpet at the end of the night and get all the ladies’ lipstick off of the bar ware (yes women wear lipstick to other events but consistently wedding guests wear more makeup and more resilient lipstick).
I’m not defending the fees, although I feel if any fee is disclosed up front then it’s fair play. You look at the overall cost amd decide if you want to buy or not. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter if you’ve paid $10/ person with $50/person in fees, or $60/person with no fees. The cost to you is the same. But don’t say “It’s not fair that they charge more for weddings” because honestly, weddings cost more to produce and a reasonable up charge is ethical in my book. It’s no different to a car detailed charging more to clean the Porsche than the Jeep because the Porsche has lots of small detailing.