Post # 1
My wedding is next month at a newly restored historic home (The Obici House in Suffolk, VA). As they have been improving the grounds since the time we booked our date I have constantly asked for a description of the changes that would take place and a timeline. Suddenly, a statue of Mr.Peanut (yes, the cartoon advertising character) has been installed in front of the house. it is a horribly embarrassing eyesore, incredibly tacky and I am mortified. It completely ruins the aesthetic of the venue. Do I have any rights, any recourse? Is there nothing I can do to require the venue to provide some sort of tasteful way to cover/camouflage the piece? What about a breach of contract? This place has been a nightmare, i don’t even want a reception anymre if it is with this wretched estate.
Post # 3
I would politly asked them to have it moved somewhere discrete for the wedding. I can imagine they are going to have issues with other weddings with this mr.peanut.
Post # 4
Thank you for that aidea. Most unfortunately, it appears to be a permanent structure.
Post # 6
Do you have a contract and does it say anything about installations at the venue? If not then I think you are probably going to have no recourse at all.
I also think that it is tacky/disrespectful to call it a horribly embarrassing eyesore, incredibly tacky especially since it is a cultural/advertising icon. I think planters and modern art historians/critics might disagree with you. I think the planters Mr Peanut man means a whole lot of things to different people- just because it is not to your taste does not mean it isn’t to others.
You can try politely talking to the venue but I would suggest curbing the attitude because it wont get you anywhere when you are trying to get them to do something for you. You never know the venue may have a new owner which might be Planters!
Post # 7
It’s their property so unfortunately, they get to make any “improvements” that they want. I doubt you can do much besides canceling the venue and losing whatever deposit you already put down. I would check your contract though. Maybe there’s some loophole in there that will get you out of it without any financial loss.
As for the statue, it’s certainly not pretty but I was expecting it to be larger from your OP. Does Mr. Peanut have some kind of significance to your venue or area? If so, I guess it could be sort of fun.
Post # 8
Mr. Obici founded Planters peanuts.
Perhaps it will be less obviousonce there is landscaping around it? Unfortunately, I don’t think you have any recourse.
Post # 9
I think you might be over reacting a little… Ok, it’s not ideal, but it’s not that huge or that tacky or awful. But seen as you hate it so much maybe you could cover it on the day. I suggest trying to stay on good terms with the venue as you will make your wedding planning an very unemployable experience if youfall out with them, and it will taint your day there too.
Post # 10
@j_jaye: An “embarrassing eyesore” is her opinion so she’s entitled to it.
Post # 12
@MrsMinFl: Oh, well in that case I think it’s kind of cool but it’s okay that you don’t.
Post # 13
Can you ask them if you can drape something over it if it offends you that much? But I’d agree with prior posters. Doesn’t seem nearly as horrible as you may think it is. I actually think Mr. Peanut is kinda sexy, and I’d love to do all sorts of funny gag photos of me and my guests with him. 🙂
Edit: This thread reminded me of this bride’s giant ant problem:
And look at how lovely her pictures came out:
Post # 14
I was planning on booking this venue this month :[ The peanut doesn’t bother me personally, but could you tell me the other problems you’ve had with them? You can PM me if you want! Sorry for the threadjack.
Post # 15
@pfinarffle: LOL, sexy 🙂 That’s awesome.
The posted photo isn’t to scale in that the statue is quite close to the house. It is in the circular drive which all guests will enter to be dropped off at the front door. Thankfully is isn’t incredibly tall but it’s not low to the ground either, and it is dead center of the view so it mars the lovely landscape photos we were planning to take.
Post # 16
@UpstateCait: well given that @MrsMinFl: pointed out that the house is named after the person who created planters and hence Mr Peanut it is kind of insulting to the memory of the house etc to call it a tacky eyesore since it was probably up their with one of the greatest thing that they did and is linked to the history of the house! Kind of like saying that a staue of Abe in front of the Lincoln house is tacky?