(Closed) Venue Fees

posted 10 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
1219 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Don’t do it. If they desperately need business, then they may go OUT of business before your date rolls around. If that happens, you may never see your money again.

Post # 4
423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Heck no.  We had a contract first, then paid the $2000 deposit (about 8 months before the wedding), then the balance was due with our head count 10 days before the wedding.

Post # 5
3974 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I would expect a contract before you pay anything. After things are signed, I would expect that you would have to pay a deposit.

Post # 6
1308 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

you are only suppose to pay a 50% of the venue at the time of signing contract… i would be very cautious especially since your wedding day is a year from now..   when we signed our contract we paid 3300 of our mininum 7500 (food and drinks have not been added to cost yet cuz we have yet to have our tasting.,..

Post # 7
1835 posts
Buzzing bee

Whoooooah, no, definitely not. We haven’t chosen a venue yet, but every single one I’ve gone to has requested an initial deposit (usually between $500-$1000) then another deposit 6-8 months before the wedding and then the final amount based on head count 1-2 weeks before the date. That sounds SUPER fishy to me, and I’d be worried they’re ready to close and you’d lose your money.

And definitely do not give them a cent until you have seen and gone over the contract with a fine-toothed comb and that baby is signed.

Post # 8
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

oh hell no!

We paid $1000 to book the hall (15 mos before the wedding).  another chunk is due in April and the final chunk a week before the wedding in October.

Never give anyone money without a signed contract, and make sure the contract spells out the payment schedule.   

Post # 9
1525 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I wouldn’t give them any money, or negotiate for a 10% down payment or something like that.

We did reserve our venue without a signed contract, but only because the contract included the menu (we’re at a restaurant) and we needed to pick that – we took care of that detail about a week ago, and the event guy sent me the early draft well in advance that noted our received payment. The fee we paid wasn’t NEARLY what your venue is quoting.

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