(Closed) The reception site I want doesn’t seem to want me

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I dealt with several places that have minimum person requirements and when they found out with were going to have around 100 guests, they basically said they didn’t handle events that small.  Even though you have thought about pricing, I bet that a lot of people don’t, and that’s partially why she brought it up.

Post # 5
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1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Having a smaller wedding can make it very tricky to deal with vendors (or at least that’s been my experience).  However, if you really like the venue I’d keep working on finding a date that works..email her back and thank her for her concern, and mention that you’ve considered the size and pricing issues and are so in love with her place that you are committed to making it work. Hopefully that wil lmake her more helpful.

Good luck.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t understand the minimum thing… if you are paying for the venue what does it matter how many people attend as long it isn’t over their capacity?

Anyways.. 75-100 people is a pretty good size! Maybe going into her office to talk to her- set up a meeting or something- would accomplish more than through email. 

Post # 7
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2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If the room fee gets higher if the catering gets lower, then that does mean that they have a minimum. You, the client, has to hit a certain number (the minimum), so if the # of people you have for catering is low, the room fee is higher (to hit the minimum). Does that make sense?

She’s probably run into issues with other weddings before on this, especially if they aren’t clear in the initial pricing (that you must be looking at).

I would push back on her about it and ask for a face to face meeting.

Post # 9
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485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

its the same story.. especially in the summer… if they know they could book the room for more people and make money on it… theyd rather… our wedding is on the small side too and just about every place we went to hemmed and hawed over the 100ish people

Post # 10
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3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would walk away. I really dislike that kind of attitude. I definitely do NOT believe that “the customer is always right” or anything like that, but honestly, if it’s such a chore for them to have my business, I don’t want to deal with it. It’s a shame, but just think — she’s being this difficult to work with now. Just imagine if she’s the one you have to coordinate everything else with. And also, you’re spending quite a bit of money on something very important to you. Maybe I take things too seriously, but I’d be insulted that she is trying to dissuade you. Sorry. I hope that she redeems herself/is nicer to work with if you actually do get a meeting.

Post # 11
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9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i agree that if you really want this hall then you must push for a face to face meeting. 

Post # 12
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1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Who was this lady you were e-mailing? If she’s not a supervisor/ manager, I’d want a face to face meeting with the supervisor/ manager instead of her.  

But if she is the manager and you do want this place, at least try to meet with her. If the meeting goes awful, you haven’t really lost anything but an hour or so of time. And if the meeting goes great and the e-mail situation was just a weird misunderstand, you could have your Great White Venue! 🙂

Post # 13
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1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Honestly, I would look elsewhere.  If just trying to get a straight answer is this difficult, imagine what your wedding planning will be like.  Sorry to be so blunt, but you are setting yourself up for a nightmare.

Post # 15
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436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I was turned away from several places too! just keep on trucking and keep your head up and remember summer is the most busiest times in the wedding industry! Good luck to ya!

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