Post # 1
So I have been researching reception venues over the last little while and have a short list of 5. 4 of them include all of their pricing information on their website, and all 4 of them say that prices are not guaranteed, nor can they be guaranteed until 90 days before the events, and all prices are subject to change. Of those, I was able to look 3 at availability calendars, and all 3 are booked until the end of August 2013, and the 4th is one of the more desireable venues in my area, so I’d imagine they’re booked that far in advance also.
Is it normal for venues to do this? I understand that prices may fluctuate and that it may be more expensive to get in certain items, especially based on the season or if there are bad crops, or that substitutions may have to be made, but really?
Is this normal for reception venues? Do any brides have experience with this? Did the prices really change all that drastically?
Post # 3
That sounds really weird to me. All venues I looked at had clauses in the contracts that the prices were locked as of the signing of the contract.
Post # 4
Have you talked to them about it? I’d guess that they are putting that on their websites to protect themselves if they forget to change it or something, but if not, then yes, I would think that was really weird. How the heck do they expect you to budget for something if they can’t give you a firm price?
Afm, my venue stated that prices were subject to change until a contract was signed.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Double check with the venues-this probably means that the prices aren’t guaranteed without a contract.
Post # 6
Our caterer actually told us this as we were signing the contract. However, he was saying that even in the off chance the price of food/supplies went down (if they do anything they will probably go up) we would see a reflection of that in our price decreasing.
I found it a little stressful to think that the price could fluctuate even after signing a contract but most caterers/restaurants in this area have the same policy so we didn’t have much of a choice on the matter.
Post # 7
I’ve heard of this before. But I still think it’s off. I think you should speak to them about how much it may change. Perhaps compromise and say that if there’s a difference of x% then fine, but anymore and then the contract becomes invalid. I don’t know if that’s possible.
Post # 8
I have also seen this recently with some of the places I have been researching. I think it is really low! They are basically saying we can charge you whatever the heck we want, cause we already have your deposit….so haha now you have to pay.
Now that I know this policy exists, I close out of those places…and they don’t go on my short list. I just wont do business with a company like that.
Post # 9
This is one of my biggest peaves with reception venues that want you to sign and they reserve the right to raise the prices. I would be okay with it even if they agreed to a maximum of 10% price change, but when the contract is open ended, there’s no telling. I’m terrified of being locked into a contract and having the venue raise the prices significantly.
Post # 10
Our venue had price changes after we signed the contract. But they were also accompanied by menu changes we DID NOT WANT, so we went with the earlier price and menu.
Post # 11
Our venue said the priecs were subject to change until we had a contract. And then mysteriously, the price went down in the 3 months between when we looked at the venue (they gave us a price sheet) and when we asked for a sample contract. It only changed by $5 per person, but I’m not complaining. I suspect that they are saying that because they don’t want to keep their website updated, and most places increase prices on a regular (yearly?) basis to keep up with inflation.
Post # 12
DO NOT BOOK THEM! I work at a wedding venue, and that is total BS that they can’t guarantee prices until 90 days out. That’s just because they don’t want to. That is what a contract is for, to lock in prices! Don’t bother with them, it sounds like they don’t know what they are doing.
Post # 13
I booked my venue a year out and they guaranteed my pricing… I’ve never heard of that and it sounds really sketch to me. :/
Post # 14
I recently fell in love with a venue and they wont allow us to sign a contract until 3 months before the wedding.
Is this normal, or should I be a little nervous about this?
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
In most states a contract is valid for up to one year. This means that you can sign a valid contract that can last for up to a year. Yes they can guarantee prices up to a year in advance unless they don’t want to. I personally would not do business with a company that would not guarantee pricing in the contract (what’s the use of the contract?) And three months out to sign the contract? What if something happens and you cannot agree so you have to go back out and find a venue 3 months before the wedding? Nope. Bad business practice.