(Closed) Venue cancelled our wedding due to hurricane Irene – need advice!

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am sorry, but you may end up having to sue them once this whole thing is over.  I can understand them cancelling, but not willing to move the date for you, I just don’t understand that.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Sorry this is happening 🙁   The first thing you need to do is to look at your contract to see what it says happens in the event of an act of God. Most contracts have such a provision and should say if you get your deposit back.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Did they offer an alternative date? Most venues in the tri state area are canceling wedidngs but they are offering alternative dates. You might have to check with them on that. Good luck and sorry about this. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Etre: The venue cancelled you? They HAVE to give you your money back or at least suggest an alternate date at no extra cost. that’s ridiculous.
My wedding was cancelled by the state of NJ bec i am getting married at the NJ Botanical gardens, my venue offered to move the wedding to another location, same day. or offered other available dates at my venue, which is the option we’ve selected.
ALL of my vendors are heartbroken for me and ALL of them are working with me to reschedule my dates.
you cannot let this go!! you’ll have to sue them. so sorry this has been so awful for you. you may need an attorney though.
Ridiculous

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

So sorry to hear about this- my Fiance and I just said how disappointing it would be to have a wedding this weekend!  I agree with the first post and you should hire a lawyer.  You have no control of a hurricane and it is absolutely ridiculous that they won’t refund you.  Check your contract because I bet nothing relating to natural disasters and a non-refund is listed.  Good luck to you guys!  Change of date might work- it does make sense even though it’s very last minute.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh my goodness. At work on Friday, my co-workers and I were talking about how much it would suck for anyone with a wedding schedule for this weekend. And now… it’s happened to you! UGH! I’m sooo sorry this is happening to you. I don’t have any advice, but I’ll be sending good luck vibes your way. I hope you get this all straightened out!!!! Hugs!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow, they have to offer you an alternative date!  It is incredibly unprofessional not to!  Now if they offered to reschedule and you said thanks, but no thanks, we’ll go somewhere else, I could see them withholding your money, but not from what you described above.   

I think everyone’s emotions are heightened right now because of the hurricane.  I think after it’s all over, you need to approach them calmly and explain that you understand natural disasters cannot be predicted or prevented so you understand why the wedding had to be postponed and you are now looking to set a new date with them.  If they continue to say you’re out of luck, that’s when I think you need to threaten to take further action.  I really can’t believe they would be callous enough to say tough luck.   Good luck to you!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with everyone above that they have to offer you another date!

This is absolutely ridiculous.  It’s not as if you cancelled and they could have had another booking so they lost money.  They obviously can’t hold a wedding this weekend and for good reason, but they must reschedule.  There’s no way it’s fair that they make free money off of a natural disaster. 

Sorry this is happening to you!!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If they will not work with you, along with an attorney, call the NEWS.  They would love to hear how a local vendor used this as an opportunity to steal money from a returning soldier and his fiance whose wedding was already ruined by Irene.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@tksjewelry: absolutely, call the news!! They would jump all over this

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

This is so unfair to you and I agree with the above pp said about checking your contract first, contacting the news to publicize it and if no results, then a lawyer. These people are money hungry and are acting very unprofessional. I am sorry that this is happening to you and other brides. Sending best wishes!!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@tksjewelry: I absolutely agree. The news would love this kind of story and maybe even threatening the venue with going to the media would get them to work with you. I hope you can contact your other vendors and get something worked out! I’m so sorry 🙁

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

this is absolutely disgusting. can you share your reception hall with us? i’ll gladly make several nasty calls to them and am more than happy to help you reach out to media outlets to get your deposit bacl i’m so sorry you are dealing with this. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yes call the news!! HELL email the TODAY show. They’d prob throw you a wedding! Good Luck.

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