- Mrs. Oyster
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club
Hello Hive! We are in the process of negotiating with our venue, and I want to make sure things are fair & reasonable. FH went there yesterday to talk to the girl, but we ended up with more questions than answers.
The place has a contract that, to me, is extremely vague. The girl says, "This is a simple contract, everything is easily spelled out for you!" But I am thinking, simple contract=hidden motives. The contract doesn’t detail food/beverage rates, there’s just an estimate stapled to it that we will sign. I have a few other questions related to the bar package also.
Here are the things I want to resolve, are these reasonable to ask for?
– Are we able to keep the 2009 rates even though our wedding is next year? (rental, food & beverage rates)
– I see that the time for the entire event is given as 4 hours, which is included in the $500 evening rental rate. However, since we plan to pay for the entire day ($1,000), is it possible we could extend our event (which includes ceremony and reception) by about an hour (6:00 to 11:00) without additional charge?
– We have a guest count of 96 guests, 18 of whom are children. Am I safe in assuming that we will only have to pay for 78 people when it comes to the alcohol? I just can’t justify paying for 4 year olds to have a glass of wine!
– I also have some questions related to food/beverage items that she "promised" us; I want to make sure they’re written down.
Also, does this clause allow them to "make up" charges and obligate us to pay whatever they want? Here is the clause:
Client agrees that (a) Service & bar charges are estimates; (b) final billing of service/bar charges will be done at the conclusion of the Event… any outstanding balance will be charged to the credit card on file, and the Final Invoice will be delivered to the Client.
I’m sure this lady and her associates are very nice people, but every time we ask her a question she seems bewildered. I seriously don’t think she expects anyone to actually think about the contract.
We are prepared to walk away from this place if necessary, but I feel like if we resolve these things favorably and put them in the contract, I’ll be fine with it.