(Closed) Venue Pricing Bait and Switch — anyone else experience this?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
Member
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

When my wedding was postponed, my father passed away.  Our venue said that since we are booking for next year, we then had to pay for “next” years prices…which was almost 2000$ more.  We loved the venue and still paid the difference, but will not recommend them to any of our friends who ask.

I’m so sorry that they are doing this to you!

Post # 4
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11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Unless you signed a contract, they aren’t obligated to offer you previous year prices. I don’t really see this as a bait-and-switch in the true sense.  

 

Post # 5
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9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Prices usually go up every year so no it’s not suprising and I wouldn’t necessarily consider it bait and switch.

Post # 6
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6113 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

This isn’t bait and switch…vendors typically raise their prices every year or so. For example, when I booked my photographer last year (2012) it was $2,200 and now its $2,450.

Post # 7
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1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

That seems like a large increase, but not all together unheard of.  When you first inquired did you mention how far off the date was?  If so they should have told you that the price was likely to go up.  Even if they didn’t know the new amount I’m sure they had an idea that things go up each year.

While it isn’t technically bait and switch, they certainly were not very transparent with you.  When it comes to things like this I like to be able to trust that my vendor is going to make me aware of all important details and options, so I wouldn’t be very keen on working with that place. 

Post # 8
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722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsWBS:  +1. Venues change their prices usually each year so unless you signed the contract specifically stating that’s the price you’ll pay, you can’t really do much about it.

Post # 9
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9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Also, they may have been giving you minimums or prices for one date but when you called again you asked for a specific date.  Our venue doubles in price from low season to high season.

Post # 12
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It does seem like a large increase, but I think it might be because you’re talking to someone else. Usually venues and vendors DO increase every year, but not to the tune of thousands of dollars.

Talking to the manager, and talking to the sales manager are TWO things. It’s possible that the sales manage could be getting comission, or even just a bonus off booking the venue.

Perhaps you could ask to talk to the previous person you talked to?

Post # 13
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3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

A lot of factors go into a venue’s pricing, including how popular they are. Even something as routine as a good review in a local magazine can spur on a lot of interested customers, and you never know how many other brides you’re competing with. Bait-and-switch would be if you’d already signed a contract and you were faced with taking, say, an inferior room in the venue or paying a steep upcharge that hadn’t been disclosed at the time of booking. Without a contract, it’s not bait-and-switch. Perhaps you’re requesting quotes for different days, or perhaps their primary competitor has gone out of business, leaving a lot more potential business and driving up the costs.

Post # 15
Hostess
12003 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would wonder about the seasonal changes, I know a lot of venues here charge thousands more between May & September and premiums on top of that for Saturdays.  Perhaps the original person gave you the lowest you could possibly pay (a friday in january for example) and the actual price is based on your preferred date.

 

I totally see your frustration though and wouldn’t be happy if i was you either!  Most places here have been telling me to allow a 10% increase on prices when they’re sending me 2013 prices for my 2014 wedding

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