Post # 1
Hi! I’m looking forward to getting married later next year to my wonderful fiance and have finally picked out a great venue, but am now a little concerned about booking it after seeing their venue contract. I’m not a legal expert, though their cancellation policy (what they can do as the Vendor) seems to be a bit one-sided and appears to give them the ability to cancel without reason up to 90 days before the wedding!! The specific clause is below and any advice on it would be helpful .. I feel like negotiating on it is probably in order but am still a bit worried that they could cancel and leave us out in the rain with little notice!! Is this a normal clause for wedding venue contracts? Am I being paranoid?? : / Thank you in advance!!
<< In addition, the Vendor may, in its sole discretion, terminate this Agreement at any time, for any reason or no reason at all, by providing written notice thereof to Licensee at least ninety (90) days in advance. >>
Post # 2
I’m not a legal expert either but I wouldn’t go with that venue for that reason. At the very least, if they cancel 90 days in advance without notice, they should have the obligation to find you an alternative venue and cover any differences in cost. While its understandable that things happen, like if their venue gets burned down or flooded, but at the same time its not really fair that you are now left with no options. I don’t recall reading that clause in our venue contract. I’ve seen it on our other vendor contracts, like photographer, but like I suggested above, they have added the obligation to help us find a replacement at no cost to us.
Post # 3
Yeahh I wouldn’t book that venue, or at least negotiate that clause. Our vendor contract didn’t have that in it. I would at least try to negotiate they add a line saying if they do cancel within 90 days, they need to give you a full refund. But I still wouldn’t like booking a venue who can just randomly cancel on me. What happens if a couple comes along and is willing to pay more money 4 months before your wedding? They can just cancel and say tough luck? I don’t like that.
Post # 4
I agree with PPs. I would scratch that clause completely before signing or at least negotiate that they must find a comparable replacement venue for you at the same cost. For me, a refund alone isn’t enough if I’d be stuck without a venue. If they don’t agree, I would move on.
I know you love the venue and it’s unlikely to be an issue…but things do happen. My brother has a destination wedding in May. The venue for their welcome party sold and the new owners are now demanding thousands more for them to use the same space and, based on their previous agreement, there’s nothing they can do but pay it or scramble to find somewhere else. It’s not worth the risk IMO!
Post # 5
Hmm… I too think it’s a bit odd. I remember in our contract saying that they can cancel for specific reasons and that they would do their best to provide a venue up to same value from their sister venues. So I definitely would either negotiate that clause or not sign it at all. Seems too shady
Post # 6
I would not accept that clause.