Wedding Venue Deposit Not Refunded

posted 3 months ago in Legal
Post # 16
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Helper bee

OP – try looking for lawyers who offer a free consultation at this point.My husband had an employement issue and we were able to find a handful of lawyers to look at his case and give their advice. Any actual “work” from them would have cost money (writing a letter, etc), but hearing them lay out what the legal options were was very helpful. 

I disagree with the pp who said $3700 isnt worth it. Maybe some folks are rolling in cash and $3700 isnt a lot to them, but thats actually 3 months of mortgage payments for me. Just flat out throwing that money in the trash without even trying to look for it is NOT something I’d do. 

Post # 17
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Busy bee

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@dk1129:  I get what you’re saying, I just have known many people during this time dealing with venue issues and none have been successful in their fights. I will also say that these venues often have people in different departments not talking to each other; I was in the process of postponing and told by my event coordinator I wouldn’t owe another dime until I got a new date finalized, and in the meantime got a bill for a 25% payment payable in two weeks. So I wouldn’t think too much into you asking to be told if it was rebooked, someone probably wrote it down and then someone else saw that it wasn’t of equal or greater value and didn’t think it was necessary to tell you. But I can see why it seems questionable. I also may be jaded bc I live in a HCOL area where these venues seem to be very cutthroat and are used to having 5+ weddings a week averaging 50k+ per wedding, 52 weeks a year, so they are hurting a lot and not providing any sympathy. I wish you luck.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@dk1129:  Just so you know, pursuing a claim in small claims court IS pursuing a civil case against the venue. They are being sued and you are suing them  if that is the route you choose. Small claims court is just a separate court and is meant to eliminate claims of lesser value from clogging up the district courts but it is absolutely still pursing a lawsuit against another party.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I’m confused- if this isn’t an all inclusive venue where they charge per head, why does it matter what size the wedding is that rebooked? If they booked the event space, shouldn’t it be the same cost no matter how many people, if I understood that correctly, and it is infact just the space, and you were paying all of the vendors seperately? I just don’t get how the equal or lesser value comes in here when it’s just the physical space?

Post # 22
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@dk1129:  So seeing the actual clause that you posted, honestly I don’t think you’re going to have a leg to stand on. It clearly states “equal or greater value”. While yes, weddings that are large might not be allowed, that doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t continue on with their wedding at a reduced rate while still paying the price. As a vendor, I see it all the time. Venues that have a minimum catering requirement, but the wedding ends up having less guests than anticipated, so the couple adds extras to their food/beverage to meet the minimum even if it’s overkill for their guest list. The venue is going to aruge that they could have booked that date with a couple who would have opted to postpone to a future date OR continue with the wedding at reduced numbers. 

How would it have made a difference if you knew the date was booked but didn’t meet the terms to recieve a refund? You’d still be mad, as you are now. They aren’t obligated to let you know they’re rebooked the date – unless of course it’s with a wedding that does meet the requirements for you to recieve a refund. 

I get it. This whole situation has been incredibly stressful and shitty for both couples and brides. Did you purchase wedding insurance? While *new* bookings of insurance aren’t being covered for Covid cancellations (because it’s considered a “known event”) I know many couples, including some of my own clients, who were able to get money back because they’d purchased wedding insurance at the beginning of planning….pre-covid. A lot of people use the arugment “well who could have predicuted a pandemic?” and while that’s true…no one predicts any of the reasons they might need to cancel their wedding. Death of family, severe illness, moving, breakup, etc. 

Post # 24
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Honey bee

You already cancelled. They booked a smaller event. There’s nothing to sue over. Don’t waste more money on attorneys or court fees.

At best, try to negotiate applying the deposit for an event on a future date.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2021

Hate to say it, but you guys probably don’t have a leg to stand on, as you already canceled aka you accepted that you are taking a chance that the date may or may not get rebooked. Your only argument in court would be that due to covid, the probability of another 200 person event happening wouldn’t happen. Do I think that their clause about “equal value” is ridiculous? You betcha. But it won’t change the fact that you signed the contract accepting that policy when you booked AND canceled your event. It’s not worth the legal battle here. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I think it’s definitely worth contacting a lawyer. You should be able to get a consultation at a minimal cost. Some attorneys will consult for free, while others will provide a discount from their normal rate – in my area, it is usually $100 or less for an initial consultation where the attorney will lay out your options.

It seems like there may be a lot of non-attorney bees giving what amounts to legal advice in this thread. No one should be commenting on whether or not your case has legal value without reviewing your full contract (not just one clause).

Post # 29
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Helper bee

Amazing news!! 

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