(Closed) Venue Bully

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Well.. you could offer to pay for 50. I’m not sure that’s being a bully, a number of places we looked at had minimums. It might be a matter of the company wanting to stick to the contract it puts in front of everyone.

ETA: it sounds lovely.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It is common practice to have a set minimum. You can always pay for 50 guests. You could likely negotiate a menu upgrade as they will only have to provide 20 portions.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d have to agree — most (if not all) places have minimums. If you don’t have enough people, you have to pay for their minimum. They’ve run their numbers and aren’t doing this as a chartiy. Sorry.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

If the venue requires 50 people then the venue requires 50 people. They have rules and regulations in place for a reason. If you really want this venue then either find 30 more people to invite or pay for 50. Trust me, they’re not the only place with guest minimums. Just about every venue I’ve ever encountered has them. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would actually say that 50 is a very low minimum compared to most I have seen.  I would say you will probably have to pay for the 50 people, and then they would have no problem allowing you to only have 20 guests.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What are they going to do if you tell them you’ll have 50, and you pay for 50 and the day of, only 20 show? :

You might be SOL, unless there’s a way you can just keep calling higher and higher up the customer service line. That seems very strange they wouldn’t rent if you paid the agreed fee.

Could it be that they don’t want to do the division of space?

ETA: thinking on this more.. it is beautiful, and I know you said it’s a dream venue, but the staff and/or policies seem to be a big detractor. So if it’s any consolation, maybe this isn’t the perfect venue, and there’s an even better one out there for you?

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wait, so they’re not doing weddings anymore?  But when they were, they had a 50 person minimum?

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

Well then sounds like your going to have to find another venue. You asked them to work with you and they have declined (which is fully in their rights to do so), so take your business elsewhere.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You know, I’m not sure if this will help but are there some nice restaurants in our area that were once old homes… the dining rooms are split up into smaller intimate spaces. Maybe you could look at a venue like a restaurant? Or a B&B?

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If the city still owns the facility but only contracts out the operation, contact City Hall and ask for a copy of the contract. This is public information available with an FOI request.

You may be able to find someone @ City Hall who will give you this information or intercede on your behalf to find out what the problem is. Do you have a city councillor you can call for help?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Can you agree to spend X amount of money instead of inviting more people?

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