- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
So as most of you that read my Engagment story on the waiting board. Well my Fiance planned a suprise venue change. We were to get married at Agota Springs where i had my spa day and where we got engaged.
Well he said he had discussed the prices with Erin the Wife and co owner of the spa about having our wedding and reception outside at the mansion & renting it for overnight. He informed her of our guest list of around 80 ppl & such. Well she had told him he was looking at around $800 to rent the mansion for the day and $400 extra to have the wedding there. So around $1,000 He was under the impression that since we were to have the house for the whole day and the night that we could have the ceremony and reception whenever & have the rest of the time to set up. They were going to provide us the chairs for our ceremony & we could rent more tables and chairs for the reception (for an additional cost through them)
Well that was gonna be no problem.
Well yesterday we had to send back a paper with all the info on it of the number of our guests & times and everything well Fiance gets an email from the Husband Kyle who is the other owner who is apparently over the events held there and he tells us that the prices have changed & gives us this email that is pretty much written just like this….
This is for a 4 hour block of time from 5pm-9pm
Mansion for an overnight $800 plus 9.5% tax
Ceremony at Mansion use of house for 2 hours(to be used in your 4 hour block of time) $450 plus 9.5% sales tax
Service Charge $300
Reception in Ballroom (which we didnt want we wanted an outside reception and wedding) wait for it wait for it……. $2,900 plus 9.5% Sales tax
This includes enough tables and chairs for 60 ppl … 1 cake table 1 serving table & two buffet tables
EVERYTHING ELSE IS AN ADDITIONAL COST…. so no linens or anything else is included.
Plus there is another $300 Service Charge
Well Fiance apparently emailed him back wanting to discuss what exactly we wanted and to have him further explain what all of these charges were for and wanted him to itimize what all was included in these prices.
Well we got a phone call from him today and I was Outraged at how the conversation went.
After talking to Kyle for just a couple of minutes my fiance was talking to him about if the 4 hour block of time included set-up take down time etc… His exact words was that should be plenty of time to get everything done… if you have to have someone come set up and decorate before I have to approve of who they are because we cant just let anyone on the property.
Then we began to questions why we were limited to those times if we had paid to rent the house for all day & overnight … that we really wanted to have our ceremony at 6pm he told us that we could do it any time we wanted but our time still started at 5pm.
Then we we started expressing that we really wanted to do an outside reception as well under the evening & night sky. (even though his wife already said they could accomodate that sort of thing) His exact words was…. “you cant just party Willie nillie what kind of place do you think this is”
Well then finally my fiance said that he had spoken with his wife 6 or 7 times about all of this matter and that the only reason he had sent me to the spa there and proposed to me there was because she had assured him that she could accomodate our wedding … and he asked if there was anything that we could do to get the cost down to a more affordable range and still be able to keep that venue.
The guy said”No we cant just give it away, or let just anyone in, we have to make money off of it too”
That guy is just a COMPLETE GRADE A A-HOLE… nothing at all like his wife. If this is how he treats people he will not make it in TN. I hate to say it but we are warm friendly accomodating people here and he is new here from California he comes from lots of money and this is just not the kind of people who make it around here.
My fiance is so upset because he wanted it to be so special and now feels so bad because that is exactly why he proposed to me there and feels so bad because he says had he not thought that was where we were getting married he would never have done the proposal like that.He kept saying that we could still have our ceremony there but there was no way he could afford that price just to have our reception there.
I told him I DO NOT want to get married there that I wouldnt want to risk and asshole like that ruining our wedding.
This price is CRAZY. We talked to our photographers about this and they say that price is insane & they been shooting weddings for 30 years in this area. There is a venue in this town that is a historical landmark and a mansion and you can rent out every area avaliable and have the entire place to yourself for around 1,400 & that includes all tables and chairs and 9 hours time to do everything that needs to be done. Unfortunately it is booked up for our day already.
So now here we are 6 months away and have No venue. 3 places we already checked has no avaliability and our wedding date is not flexible