(Closed) We’ve lost soo much money from this wedding

posted 7 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Sorry that happened to you!  Most places have a minimum and you can go up or down as needed.  Make sure you get lots of take-home leftovers. 🙂

Post # 4
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ask them to box up the extra meals and give them to a shelter.  You can get a tax deduction for that and doing something nice for those who don’t get nice meals.

Post # 5
46677 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Did you check the wording of your contract? Did you actually agree to this number as a minimum?

Post # 7
38 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

at least for the hotel im getting married at, the contract mininum is about food and beverage min…so if there’s less ppl, you can spend more per person….example: upgrade on or extra alcohol or more horderves 🙂

Post # 8
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Good luck! Let us know how you go!

Post # 9
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Did you already pay?  Our venue had a Saturday night wedding minimum of 150, and we had 144 guests.  When we went there to make the final payment, they only charged us for 144, not 150. They also only put a number estimate in the contract, with the final number to be specified x weeks before the wedding. Which makes sense, because you just don’t know until after the RSVP deadline.

Check you contract and talk to your venue.  Some are very accomodating.

Post # 10
834 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@LuvMySailor: That’s really crappy. I’m sorry that’s happening to you though… is there no way for them to be negotiated with? Or have you already paid in full?

Post # 11
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yes check the contract maybe you can change it if  you didnt lock into a minimum amount of people or a minimum dollar amount. Im sorry this is happening. That is so stressful.

Post # 12
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think thats very incosiderate of the venue, I thought most places allow you to confir the number about month before since thats the time you receive all your rsvps back.  Personally I would insist that no one had ever mentioned this and that you shouldnt be bound by terms that werent disclosed to you, especially if it isnt written in the contract

Post # 13
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

That’s odd… with the venue that we had, We had to give a number of adults and children (since they had different meals) 3 weeks before the wedding…. and then I went and paid the amount a week before the wedding… but the FINAL count was due only 3 days before the wedding and we had a family of 5 who couldnt make it due to ill kids… and our venue mailed us a check for those 5 meals we didn’t use about 45 days after the event.


I would contact them and see what the deadlines for final counts would be, you should be able to get your money back if you meet their minimum requirements.

Post # 14
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@LuvMySailor: I’m so sorry to hear that! I would definitely check the contract and talk with the venue about your guest count. $1700 is a huge chunk of money! We actually signed with a lower number and increased it the week before the wedding. Well we had 8(!!) people cancel last minute, and close to $100 a person, that was a large amount of wasted money. The venue worked with us and took it down for us-which was great. I would jump on this issue ASAP. The sooner you reach out the better! Best of luck!

Post # 15
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Our venue made us put an estimate number on our contract. We put 150, if the number goes up then we pay more, but if the number goes down and say 120 come we still have to pay for 150, but they will add something else like an extra dessert or appetizer. Maybe they could do something for you like that?

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