(Closed) Venue Negotiations – Are these reasonable?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
23 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

Hi Mitla!  We ran into vague contracts as well when booking the reception hall, florist, band etc.  I wouldn’t chalk it up to hidden motives.  I think that many vedors create one size fits all contracts.

HOWEVER, that does not mean that  is the contract that you should sign.  Your are absolutely right in wanting to get all the specifics in writing. Otherwise things may be forgotten.On our venue contract we outlined everything from the estimated timeline to the cost of app’s per person.  It was a little time consuming, but it forced us to really plan the structure of the day.

I found the best way of doing this was to go over everything over the phone, and then to send an email saying something like "Thank you for being so accommodating.  I just want to get everything nailed down.  I’ve added all of the specifics we talked about at the bottom of the contract. Can you sign this revised version for me?"  Once you receive her signed revised version, then you can sign it too.

 Good luck!  I’m sure everything will work out fine.



Post # 4
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Make sure you get it in the contract, and understand everything that’s in there… I was at a rehearsal yesterday where the bride was a little bit stressed and had just had a screaming match with the venue contact because they were billing them extra for something two days before their wedding – if I recall correctly, there were some plus signs handwritten in somewhere in the contract that signified this extra cost.  Not something you want to stress out about on your wedding day!!


That being said, I think you have really reasonable requests, and if you are prepared to walk away, if need be, that gives you some great bargaining power as well.

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