(Closed) Venue contract..and I’m piiiiiiiiissed!!!

posted 8 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That would frustrate me too. Maybe you’ll find an even better venue because of this? I hope?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

That really sucks but just be glad you saw it before you signed the contract!!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You are very smart not to sign that contract.  Maybe they’ll change their minds if they know they’re going to lose your business over it.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

You are doing the right thing! How crappy would you feel if you went ahead and signed it and then they moved your wedding after all? I wouldn’t feel comfortable signing. Sure, they said they’ve never used that clause to move a wedding, but there’s a first time for everything. It would make me too nervous. I totally understand wanting to be done, but you don’t want to make a decision that you’ll come to regret!

Post # 8
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Helper bee

You could hand write that part into the contract, initial next to it, sign it and give it to them.  That makes the addition enforceable (if they sign) but should really lay it out to them that they make the change or lose the customer?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Well if it makes you feel even better, I happen to be an attorney.  😉

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would discuss it with them.  Ask to speak with the manage and get some guidlines on what are the minimums (you should know!) and under what circumstances would the room get changed.  I know they say it’s slim but that’s only to cover their buts if you bail on them.  Let them know your estimated #’s and see what they say.  Tell them you want to having your wedding there.  I’m sure they’ll be reasonable and let you know what their policies are and why they’re there.  To me it seems fine and I’d book it!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

It’s a common clause. I’m sure they don’t usually do it, but think about if there’s some technical issue that would make that space unavailable. They don’t want to change it in case something unexpected happens.

If you feel strongly about it. Just explain to them that you will only sign the contract if it says X, Y and Z. Just be prepared to go elsewhere.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

That’s great, but shouldn’t they still notify you first?  What if your decor has to change?  Or the seating?  Or some other detail that they aren’t organizing?

My complaint in that clause is that it seems they can do it without cause and without notification.  Both = BAD

My venue wanted me to have my reception outside.  In July.  Um, no thanks.  Aside from the certain thunderstorms, I paid to have it in a very nice room with nice tables, chairs, and oh yeah, AIR CONDITIONING.  I told the coordinator I absolutely would not have it outside.  And my contract was very rigid regarding where everything would take place.  If they had to change the location, they would not only have had to notify me, but also comp me half the bill (even if it was out of their control like a burst pipe or something).

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I went through something similar. Was ready to sign, place all picked out- and the clauses in the contract more than doubled the price I was quoted ( I needed to get insurance, pay for indoor option whether I used it or not, etc…).

I ended up not doing it, even though my heart was broken. I booked a different venue, and the price was so much better that I booked a horse and carriage, too, for the same money!

However…I do think in your case, it is a CYA on their part. IF something were to happen to the room, like a flood, fire, etc..they are covered and you would still have to pay because they can put you in an alternate space. It also covers them if indeed, you only get half the positive RSVPs, and like you said, they have the opportunity to book a larger party in the space. I think you should write in that, yes, you will accept the lesser space AT A LESSER COST TO YOU, if you can’t get the attendee count they are looking for.

Or, go elsewhere…beecause at this point, you owe them nothing!

Post # 15
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Honey bee

I agree with a few of the above posts.  They may not change that clause or add the minimum requirements, but maybe they can add a whole different clause that says if you are moved to another location without prior discussion they will give you a 25% discount.  It will provide an incentive for them to keep you where you are.  If they do not want to add that, then move on!

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