Post # 17
I agree with what the others have said, I would have had someone find a person that works at the facility and had that person tell the “rogue party” about your situation. They definitely should not have been there if you had the place reserved and I don’t think I would have been as nice as you were about the whole situation. I must say, you handled it very kindly. I definitely would call the facility to complain.
Post # 18
Seeing these responses, I can see I should have listened to my husband and said something to the facility staff to have them removed. Knowing me, though, I would have felt bad about it and worried about that poor other bride!
The only reason I’m thinking about this issue again at all is because we got our album from the photographer, and in a lot of the shots I think I look stressed – you know, the whole “I’m smiling because there’s a camera on me” type thing. My husband doesn’t see that and everyone who has seen the pictures comments on how happy we look – and we were definitely happy, it’s just…bah well, it’s over and I need to let it go.
As for the facility staff, my husband brought it up with them when he settled the remainder of the bill. Their response was that they had noticed the other couple, but because we didn’t say anything to a staff member they assumed we were okay with it. They also said the language in the contract doesn’t say that they would automatically remove other couples, just that we had the right to have the grounds to ourselves. Essentially, it’s our own fault.
@ejs4y8 – I think this is a standard thing they do – they offered it to us without us asking when we were first looking at the venue.
Post # 19
Ooo that makes a lot of sense. Lesson learned I guess? No harm no foul?
Take solace in the fact that you are a very nice person and didn’t go tramp on someone else’s day =]
Post # 20
i would definately have asked staff to have them leave if after your husband talking to them didnt work. it wasnt their place to be at, you had paid money to use the site, but also the contract you made was broken with the staff not making sure no one was there.
Post # 21
I would have been quite annoyed with the other wedding party and I would have had the facility deal with them. Privacy (one wedding only policy and exclusive rights to use the grouns for the day) was one of my FI’s and my main criteria when we were shopping for a venue so we’d definitely have been irked if I saw other people on the ground. I don’t think it’s a bridezilla trait to ask for that, as it’s a preference and we PAID for it. (Maybe you should have asked/charged for the other wedding party to pay for th use lol) You were very kind to be considerate of the other wedding party, though they weren’t very considerate of you. Also, I do feel that the facility should have stepped up and informed the other party that they have paying clients on the ground and it’s not open to the public at the moment. Most every venue knows that couples prefer to not have to share space, if possible (it’s one of the selling points for venues!) and they should have tried to keep the couples happy if they have good customer service. To say that it was your fault for not mentioning it is weak, imo.