(Closed) Venue Double booked.

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

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jeh_butterfly:  If you love your venue you will probably just have to deal with it.  If you can secure another venue you have a good argument to support breaking the contract with your current venue.  If you plan on breaking your contract, speak to an attorney before doing so.

I don’t think you would be unreasonable in asking for a discount since it will be inconveniencing you but unless it’s written into your contract that you have exclusive use of the facility for the entire day, it’s going to be tough to get much from the venue.  I would wait until after the wedding and make sure other brides knew about this practice though because I’m guessing this isn’t the first time they have “accidentally” double booked.

Post # 3
47412 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you want to use the same venue, I would definitely be negotiating a discount. It’s very kind of you to be considering the other couple’s needs.If you are going to do the venue a favor, they owe you something in return.

Post # 4
2386 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Do you have a contract with specific times listed?  If so, I’d hold them to that.

Post # 6
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

jeh_butterfly:  I don’t have any experience with this type of situation, but I think it’s good you’re staying calm. The venue will be more accommodating to you if you’re not a complete bridezilla in your interactions with them. 🙂

That being said, as long as you have a contract with them, they are obligated to uphold their end of it. Have your invitations been printed yet? Have they gone out? If it were me and the invitations had been printed and/or gone out, I’d tell the venue, “I’m sorry, but the invitations have gone out. It’s too late for me to change any times.”

If they are asking you to push your start-time back, they need to allow you to have the venue for an extra hour on the end. In other words, if you were supposed to have the venue from 3:30pm – 10:00pm, you should get it from 4:30pm – 11:00pm. They should understand this, don’t let them push back, because as you said, you’re paying good money for it.

I think it’s good that you’re trying to work with them, just don’t let them screw you over in the process. You booked the date first and frankly, it’s first come, first served. You don’t want to put the other bride out, but keep in mind that if that happens, it will not be your fault, it will be the fault of the venue for not having their sh*t together.

EDIT: I just read your last post and I would make sure the venue puts EVERYTHING in the contract:  start time, end time, when setup can begin, prices (for everything they’re providing). I cannot stress that enough. If there is no document stating clearly what the expectations are, there’s a good chance something will get overlooked. If that happens and you don’t have it in writing, you have no recourse. It sounds like this venue is new and working out some (major) kinks, which is understandable to an extent, but you need to protect yourself.

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