- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
I had a frustrating meeting with our venue yesterday and I just needed to vent!
We went to finalize all the details for our wedding on 10.08 and most of the meeting went smoothly until we started discussing photography.
My parents rented out a cottage that is on the property and owned by the inn we are staying at so that we could stay over the night before, and I could take pictures with family & bridal before the ceremony. We are having a late afternoon wedding and will be burning daylight.
Yesterday we were told for the first time that there will be another wedding taking place at the inn from 11:00 – 4:00 (our reception starts at 6:00) and that we won’t be allowed to take pictures in the main gardens during that time. We had previously told the event coordinator that we planned on taking pictures prior to the ceremony (which is at the church at the college I went to), and that was the main reason we were renting out the house the night before.
I asked the planner yesterday if we could just make sure the other wedding was done with their pictures in the gardens (as I wouldn’t be taking pictures until 2:30-3:00ish), and then take a few shots. She said no. Now, the reception is on the 2nd floor of the inn and the gardens are only visible if you are standing right at the windows (which are not near the dance floor). I was so frustrated that we had never been told this before. The other thing that is frustrating me is that my photographer has done a lot of weddings at this venue and said she has had to take pictures with another bridal party there before…she also has the pictures to prove it.
I asked the coordinator if she had allowed pictures to be taken while another reception was going on before, and she said no. Then when I told her that I knew that wasn’t true and told her I had pictures, she got all flustered and said “well I’d rather it not happen.” This is an extremely expensive venue and one of the main draws is the pictures, I honestly would have booked somewhere else if I knew that the pictures would be impacted, and I have been clear with them of my intentions of taking pictures there before the ceremony the whole time we have been planning. Now we are a week out and they are telling us this? Ugh!
The event coordinator is now saying she will talk to the other bride and get her permission. I am just so frustrated at this point. Has anyone else had anything like this happen at their venue?