Post # 1
Here’s the story…
We got engaged in Febuary of this year and started looking for venues right away. We were looking for a Saturday in the summer, however, every place we liked was booked! We couldn’t believe it! Finally we found a place that had a friday available in May, and we really liked it, so we reserved the date with a $1,600 deposit.
Now….almost 7 months later we get an email saying that because this venue is located in a residential neighborhood the city ordinance says they have to stop music and serving alcohol at 11pm. When we signed the contract it said midnight. I know it is only an hour, but I still think we deserve some compensation. We have already booked our DJ and paid by the hour. I’m sure we can get refunded by the DJ but I’m not positive. It seems like we should be ‘grandfathered’ in because we signed the contract before they changed the policy, but they told me that the city ordinance existed and they were not following code.
At this point, our wedding is 8 months away and we could probably find a new venue, but we have already paid $1600 and if we couldn’t find a venue in Febuary, i doubt we will be able to find a back up with only 8 months left. Plus, the save the dates have already gone out, so it has to be May 10th.
What would you do? I need some advice before i call and complain to the venue manager.
Post # 3
I would ask for a discount because they are not fulfilling everything on your contract, which states it’s available until 12. I’m pretty sure your DJ will comp you the difference or maybe he can make it up in other things, like a custom gobo or lighting. If he’s not able to, I would ask the venue to cover the difference (which would be negligible for them as a company) in addition to reducing the original cost to you since you are short an hour. I understand that you want to be grandfathered into the later curfew, but this is a city ordinance, not an arbitrary policy instituted by the venue itself. Our venue was in a residential neighborhood as well and we had to clear out by 11 and it was fine. If you still want to party hard, you can have an after party.
Post # 4
I would just see if the venue can do anything for you (partial refund, extra of something). They shouldn’t have been advertising 12 if there was an ordinance against it! I wouldn’t go looking for a new venue. Too much work for just an hour. You can always have an afterparty at a bar, hotel or someones house if you think that there will be a lot of people still hanging around after that time.
At my wedding I was so ready for the reception to be over by 11 anyways, many people had left and most of the people that were still there were just waiting to take down the decorations. I felt guilty about that!
Post # 5
Hmmm That is quite a pickle! Being a MN bride myself Idk what really you can do since it seems they were breaking the codes and probably by the neighbors was busted for that reason it is residential. I would talk to the manager and see what you can do. Tho i think its pretty slim of you keeping it going till Midnight. The only other way I can see working is if you go to the city about this, but then again going thru the city is a LONG SHOT and can take FOREVER! Wish i was more help I know rochester very well beautiful city! Were getting married in Mineapolis so as far as I know we are ok as its downtown. But I may double check now that you know this. But for sure get the $$$ back for that hour since you shouldnt pay for an hour of service your not getting!
Post # 6
As other bees have said, yes, you should be compensated. However, if they’d be willing to let you bump up everything by one hour, since they are bumping you back an hour, i’d consider this fair.