Post # 1
So I am currently trying to book my venue and have been in email communication with them for the past month. Decieded to go with them and was told they were just finalizing the contracts for the year and would send one to me soon. Two weeks went by and I emailed them back asking for the contract. They sent it to me but only that no sorry for the late reply, nothing. Well the contract does not reflect the pricing we discussed, I emailed back and asked that the contract be modified to reflect what we talked about (That if I got the deposit in by the end of June I would have 2017 pricing and not 2018 pricing). She emailed be back that just said, “You will get 2018 venue for 2017 price. Your date if 6/24/18 will be $2000.” So she is giving me a guarantee by email but I am signing a contract that says different which I feel very uncomfortable about doing. I won’t be in the area to talk to her in person until July and I know that June will be booked by than since they are only 1 of 3 venues in the area. Should I just write in on the contract “if deposit is paid before June 30th than the venue price will be $2000 as discussed via emails”? I finally found a wedding planner within budget who I should have hired by next week, should I wait and have her take care of it? Any advice is apperciated.
P.S. Out of the other venue locations one is totally out of the question and the other we could do but the place is really tight. It is rated up to 170 people, with the dance floor being used for seating, but was there when it was set up for 140 people and you could barely walk between the tables with no one there.
Post # 2
Ask her to send a new contract with the correct pricing, or ask if it’s ok to write in the correct price yourself. Can you just call her tomorrow and ask about it? I would NOT sign a contract with incorrect pricing – I learned from experience that there are some real assholes in the wedding industry who will not hesitate to take advantage of inexperienced people. (There are also lots of lovely vendors who have nothing but good intentions of course!)
Post # 3
I would personally modify the contract, initial the modification, sign it and send it back to her, making sure she then also signs it and sends a copy to you.
That being said, have there been any other issues or red flags?
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
I wouldn’t modify anything. That is her job and it does not take much effort or very long to correct a contract. Let the venue send you the contract with the exact terms and pricing you agreed to, don’t sign anything until you get it.
Post # 5
unfortunatly there have been. She does not work full time for the venue, she will not be there day of typically (her words). This venue is known to have issues if you are not on top of them (from reviews), hence having the wedding planner so I don’t have to stress about that worry.
Post # 6
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT sign a contract which lists conditions other than what you are agreeing to. Even if it is in email, that does not bind the venue to anything other than what you sign. What if she gets fired? Then you’ll essentially have a nothing but a promise from an ex-employee as your proof. Similarly, do not modify the contract yourself – in many cases for a manual modification to be binding, you’d need her to explicitly sign off on the change, and send it back to you. If she can’t even send the right contract to you in the first place, I doubt she’ll manage that and you’ll be left in a limbo state.
I agree with heavenlyflower :
– send back a firmly worded email stating that you want the contract to reflect the exact terms you agreed to. If she doesn’t get back to you within a couple of days, escalate to someone (i.e. her boss). If that still doesn’t produce results, I’d strongly suggest considering an alternate venue. You want the piece of mind of knowing you are working with professionals who respect your time and money. There are sooo many moving pieces that it is inevitable that things can go wrong on your wedding day: you don’t need to seek out unreliability.