Sunday, September 21, 2008

Contract Negotiation

So, we received our first contract from Keswick about a week ago. I read it over several times and it is really general - making me a bit nervous about protecting ourselves in case 1) an unthinkable something should happen and 2) overall because I think so many brides are so excited / naive about the contract negotiation process that they just sign off on whatever thinking that they can't really do anything to negotiate with the venue. I'm a bit of a contract negotiation rookie and it makes me anxious that I'm signing off on such a big ticket without much experience. PLUS, they originally told us during the site visit that we wouldn't have to meet a room or F&B minimum because our wedding is on a Sunday. But now they're "requesting" us to have at least 5 rooms total (instead of 5 rooms for 2 nights each, per usual) because their policies "recently changed."

LUCKILY, my awesome friend / former boss was willing to look over it and help me put in some language that made it more specific (what costs what, etc.) and point out some simple inconsistencies in the contract. Still, it's kinda scary.

Did anyone else try to negotiate their reception venue contract and what did you ask for or find they were willing to bend?


Blogger Miss Glen Allen said...

I negotiated with my wedding venue about the menu. It offers a lot of food, and 4 course dinner, and the cocktail hour included food displays, 4 butler-passed hors d'oeuvres, and 2 action stations where chefs would cook made-to-order pasta, sushi, stir-fry, etc. I thought it wouold sort of be overkill to have the action stations during the cocktail hour. I didn't want my guests to fill up that much before dinner, and not eat the real meal. So I asked to omit the action stations. The venue had no problem with that, and it even took $10 per person of the cost of the meal.

If there's something you'd like to modify with your venue, let them know. They'll probably be more flexible than you may think.

Monday, September 22, 2008 8:59:00 AM  

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