(Closed) Venue Burns to the Ground…..now what?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
3831 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would just get married at my parent’s house or at one of the facilities that my Dad manages (he manages a multi-purpose center). Their backyard isn’t huge but at least it’s a place that most of my guests have been before. I think I would make it a more intimate backyard bbq or something.

Post # 4
9693 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Nona99:  That would be so sad. Imagine your cousin and his wife wanted to go back there for an anniversary or something :- I have no idea how it would work for a bride with a wedding this weekend. Would the couple get the money back? A new date when the venue is rebuilt? What if everything else, including honeymoon, had already been booked? I have no idea what I would do – probably go to City Hall, get married, and go away on a longer honeymoon to compensate.

Post # 5
2403 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Call my insurance company, call the catering hall that burned, call every local reception venue possible. 

If nothing is open and everything seems lost, I would hold off. 

Post # 6
1069 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

This is one of my biggest fears because our venue is in the foothills/mountains where there have been close fires. How heartbreaking! I’m not sure where I would even start. I know sometimes venues will offer discounts to brides in these situations, but I can’t imagine having to spend more money and improvise everything. 

Post # 7
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would probably scamble in the hopes of finding a new venue, and if that failed I would find a pretty park for the ceremony and the go back to my parents house/the local inn we’ve rented out for the reception.

My venue is in Evergreen so this is a legitimate risk for me, but I just hope that my place is in the greener part of Evergreen that won’t catch fire. I’m also hoping for lower temperatures next year.

Post # 8
2747 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I’d be a mess since my venue is Disney and I have a lot of memories attached to disney.

Post # 10
3221 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m having a relatively small wedding (~40 guests) so I’d just go to an amazing restaurant, and have the ceremony there as well as the reception. There are a lot of rooftop restaurants where I live, so I’d scramble to book one with a view of the lake and city. 

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY! I’d call my insurance company to deal with vendors and whatnot, because everyone should have wedding insurance!!!

Post # 11
11242 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

This is so sad. I’m really glad that FI proposed in our hometown because it’s somewhere that we can visit in the years to come. Our ceremony location is, too (a public park), so long as the city doesn’t demo it (I doubt they will, but it could happen).

I know a lot of bees would be willing to help out with stuff like this, though.

Post # 12
1069 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Nona99:  Yeah, I think we’ll be getting the insurance, just in case!

Post # 14
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

we are dealing with this issue as we speak. Im getting married at a venue that may nor may not be burned down, we dont get know, in five months. At five percent containment and no confirmation that the structure is okay, we are just…waiting to see. Early reports are that it is standing, but unknown damage inside. 

Its been HIGHLY stressful, but what we keep saying is thank God we are alive, that our house is okay, and that at the end of the day we are getting married regardless of the venue. For us, we didn’t get wedding insurance, and are praying the venue’s insurance will cover the money we have given them if needed. There isn’t a lot we can do at this point. The couples at our venue for this weekend and next have been offered a wedding venue at a local hotel that is beautiful free of charge, so people are being beyond generous. 

The whole thing is a mess right now and still so unpredictable 

Post # 15
8704 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Nona99:  When we had Hurricane Sandy some of our venues got flooded out or literally washed away. It seemed that most brides were able to get married at a sister venue or a nearby backup that many of the venues had. My friend’s venue was flooded and she was able to get married at a venue about a mile away that is actually more expensive (and nicer IMO).

Post # 16
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I feel bad for anyone this may have affected!  This is also a big concern for me. Last year there was a big fire very close to my venue. Currently we are getting a LOT of rain which is holding off the fire season a little. I’m hoping its hot as bad this year. My venue is a lovely place w a lot of history, whether its my venue or not.  I would hate to see something happen to it.  I would also be devastated about my weddging!  Most of my guests are flying in from out of town so the show would still have to go on.  I think I would be able to pull something together last minute with the help of friends and family, but it definitely wouldn’t be the wedding I’d had in mind. 

I could use an old barn in town as the venue. Probably get simple catering from the local grocery store. Get a local woman to do a cake. Have friends pull together tables and chairs. Maybe get linens in town if I felt I needed too. Go to Costco the next town over and get nice disposable plates and utensils. The officiant, photographer, and DJ would still be in place… Hopefully ther would be enough rooms still available at hotels in town to put up our guests…   I just hope this is never something I need to seriously consider!

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