Post # 1
What can I do?
It is a month exactly before my wedding. I got a very ugly, smart-assy, letter in the mail a day after I had spoken with the owner on the phone (and she didn’t mention anything about it on the phone) stating that due the recent previous weddings that she is thinking about shutting down her place for good. In the last paragraph she even states that the date for my wedding is lying in the hands of the weddings before mine and she cannot promise that she will be open. When she was contacted, she said that she wasn’t giving ANY of the money back to us. This isn’t the first problem we have had with this venue. She has raised the price and added things that we did not want added “for her protection”. Now, she is wanting us to pay more money for “Her Protection”.
What Can I do?!?!?
Post # 3
You have a contract with this venue right? Get it out, read it and find out what that contract entitles you to, what the cancellation terms are and how exactly she’s entitled to additional fees after the fact…once you have that, you call her, armed with your knowledge of what you both agreed to and let her know that either she’s going to guarantee your wedding date, or refund per the contract…if that doens’t work…it’s lawyer time babe.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Speak to a lawyer stat. it’s amazing how a letterhead can make a vendor compliant with your contract.
Post # 5
Sorry this is happening so close to your wedding but if she doesnt want to give back the money then tell her you will be getting a lawyer cause its not your fault she is closing it down. Also she is being unproffesional waiting a month before the big date REALLY!!! Screw that I will find somewhere else to go cause you dont want her to tell you the day before or of the wedding that you cant use the facilities cause of the wedding before yours. If she continues to be an ass about things take her to small claims court for your money and pain and suffering cause shit wedding are stressing enough now this!
Post # 6
Well first of all she cannot cancel you and refuse to give your money back. if you terminated your contract and found another venue how much of your deposit would you lose? Would you be able to swing giving up your deposit and finding somewhere else?
Post # 7
sad, but I agree. read your contract (it might help to read it with a level headed friend who is used to reading those things if you arent. paralegal/law student/ socialworker friend?)
Break it down to exactly what you need to do and exactly what she needs to do. if it isn’t done take her to small claims. If you are in the obvious right you probably don’t need a lawyer. but for YOUR protection I would start looking for an alternate venue. If you cancel she probably doesn’t have to give you her money back but I doubt she wants to be taken to court.
Post # 8
Another option is wedding insurance, Travelers offers it, and if your venue goes tits up before your big day, guess who pays to save the day? I’ve never actually seen a claim on one of those policies…but they are real and I’ve written more than a few.
Post # 9
@Nona99: This. Get yourself wedding insurance STAT! Another option is http://www.wedsafe.com/
If your contract is crappy, the insurance will help you out.
And yeah, speak to a lawyer. This woman sounds like a complete f’ing nutcase!
Post # 10
I have read over my contract and I am taking it to my attorney STAT!!! With my deposit to hold the date, I was PROMISED the date for the venue. Now, she is saying she cannot promise me that I will be able to have my wedding there which is a breach in her own contract, RIGHT???
Post # 11
@kreagan22: Sounds it! I’d grab wedding insurance too, quickly. It may come in handy. This woman sounds CRAZY and I would not want to have anything to do with her. Once everything i settled, POST POST POST everywhere about the venue!
Post # 12
I’ve planned lots of events and work in a job that tends to have to read a lot of “legalese”. If you want to shoot me a scan of your contract I’m more than happy to give it a read. Otherwise I’d also suggest contacting a lawyer or a friend that’s good at these types of things.
Post # 13
Sounds like she’s been dealing with some horrible bridezillas who have worked her over and she is just so over the wedding business. Not that it excuses her behavior, but don’t go down that road.
Send her back a polite email and say you re-read your contract, and you will be very disappointed if she chooses to close because you thought you had a good relationship up until now, but if she does, you will expect your deposits, etc, back, as stated in her contract. You don’t want to have to, and haven’t yet, but you will pursue legal help if your contract is broken and you are left without a wedding venue and all your money.
Also – look for a backup plan. What a sucky situation.
Post # 14
I’d find another venue, stat, and get your lawyer to work getting your money back. You really don’t want to spend the next month wondering if you’re even going to have a venue.
Post # 15
@kreagan22: Talk to your lawyer ASAP. Do not respond to her email or reach out to her in any way until you’ve done this.
She may already be in breach of the contract if she’s asking you to pay for additional services that weren’t already agreed upon originally.
Post # 16
@kreagan22: WTF she cant just cancel your wedding on you. Talk to a lawyer and have them contact her.