(Closed) Venue won't guarantee there is no event earlier in the day

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Andyboots:  This is pretty common. It wouldn’t make sense for a venue from a business perspective to only allow one booking per day. Some venues do that but in my experience it is rare. I think you should enlist some extra help just in case (or even ask the venue if they can provide anyone to help given you are crunched for time), but I am sure it will be fine. It’s not that you are unreasonable, it is that you are stressed.

Post # 4
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Andyboots:  That sounds crazy to me! Our ceremony location (a lecture hall at the University), reception hall, photo location and rehearsal area (a banquet room in our hotel) are all giving me access from 8am the Friday morning – that’s the day before! When we were originally planning an outdoor ceremony, we booked a banquet room at the hotel as our back up ceremony location and it was the same deal – no other events as it was my booking. I would feel sick with stress if I was in your shoes. Maybe ask if there is any way at all to have the room for the day. Even for a small fee? Don’t let them push you around – stand firm! (I have trouble standing firm and have to repeat that to myself over and over again lol) 🙂


Good luck darlin! 

Edit: a lecture hall at the university sounds awful….it’s an old historic building that has been converted to a lecture hall – it’s beautiful, I promise! haha

Post # 5
8827 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

you are being very reasonable.  the venue i am using told me before i booked it that they only book one event per day.  i liked that.

Post # 6
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

From what I understand, it’s pretty common.  My wedding is in about two weeks, and I just found out last week that I could actually use the space for my rehearsal since they didn’t book anything.  It’s a relief, but I was really worried about finding another venue to rehearse the ceremony.

I would have a backup plan, but don’t worry about it too much.  It’s out of your hands at this point.

Post # 7
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

mine had a wedding earlier in the day.  i don’t think it’s a big deal. that being said, my venue set everything up for me. do you have someone (family, friends) who can set up so you dont have to think abt it?

Post # 8
8682 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@Andyboots:  I think you are being unreasonable. The venue has told you what their policy is and you as the consumer have the choice whether to use them or not. If you owned a business would you give away freebies when you could be making money?

They are in the business of making money so unless you are willing to buy out the venue for the day then your options are to stay with this venue or pick a different venue.

Another option is to pay someone to do the set up for you like a DOC or some college students.

Post # 9
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

@Andyboots:  Yes. Yes you are.

Post # 10
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Andyboots:  I think you are being unreasonable- if you need the space for longer, you have to rent it for longer.  Our venue is open until about 2 hours prior to our event and will be full of people as it is a busy restaurant/bar.  My DOC is coming about 1.5 hours prior to our 7pm event to set up.  If I needed the space before 5, I would have paid extra and rented it before 5. 

Honestly, I was shocked that they were closing as early as they were considering we are only paying for the 5 hours between 7-midnight. I would never have assumed that they were going to close early OR that they would allow us access prior to the time stated in our contract.

Post # 12
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Our venue can hold 3 weddings a day. It’s pretty common. Frustrating, but common.

They can set it up, if you leave things with them. At least, ours can.

Post # 13
8682 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@Andyboots:  So they should just give in to you instead of holding out for a possible booking that might make them more than your $10000? Sorry but it just doesn’t work that way.


Post # 15
10291 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

The venue is being completely reasonable to give you that kind of window between two potential affairs.  My assumption is that the majority of people that book there either hire vendors to decorate, have help, or don’t do anything too  elaborate.   Your choices, assuming no large unrefundable down payment,  are either to pay for the whole day or book somewhere else.  

To us it was important that we be the only affair going on at the time, but none of the popular venues would guarantee an entire day and I would never have expected that. Receptions here last three or  four hours post ceremony, so that would be a lot of revenue. 

Post # 16
13251 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Unfortunately, this is common, and something you should have asked about before you booked.  Ask them when the earliest possible time they can guarantee that you can get in is, and then hire someone to come in and set up all your decorations.  It will be fine. 

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