Lorri and H.O. really thought they pulled a fast one on us. We planned on having our wedding there and they totally took advantage of us. They led us to believe that they could meet any budget and that it would be cheaper to have our wedding on their farm than other places because they grow a lot of our their food and do the catering. YEAH RIGHT. We gave them a deposit and then they started cancelling meetings with us, not responding to emails or phone calls, and not providing a detailed cost breakdown of the event. (To be fair, I should have demanded this before we gave them the deposit, but I guess I was so excited that it made me a little naive.)
When I finally demanded the budget, it was nearly $12,000...for a wedding on a farm that has barely any experience hosting weddings. And that only included the food and the venue...not the band, photographer, cake, tent, dress, etc. When we cancelled, only 3 weeks after giving them our deposit, they basically made up excuses why they couldn't pay us and ignored us until we took them to court and ended up with a ruling in our favor...3 days before the wedding.
My advice? Don't plan you're wedding here. They come off at first as really nice, laid back hippies, but I don't think they ever planned on paying us back if we hadn't taken them to court. A total wedding nightmare, a mediocre location, and two business people that have no idea what they are doing. I hope they don't do this to anyone again, and that's the only reason I'm sharing this story.
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June 12, 2013
Oh... How silly it has been not to get into Trip Advisor ....earlier to respond to this "love mail" from the past! We all so understand that there are always two sides to every story! Sadly this young couple was excited to reserve a date and then.... begin talking details after the fact. No one really understands what the expense side of a private gig is until they start to take a look at the lay out of all items rented and extra details they wish to add on... Due to the fact that we are a Farm we have found many folks are really feeling the cost should be cheap and inexpensive. We offer great food from local sources and if... extras need to be rented as in tents, tables, chairs, linens and other assorted gear the price tag of course goes up along as the list of add ons grows. We have begun to realize we are really better fit for smaller type events when the extra tents and set up are not required. Unless people really understand that all those add ons cost $. As a side note it is so important to note that this young couple is not alone in this ordeal. We too as a small independent business striving to eek out an existence entertaining good people for their private events. (Heck.... I haven't ever been called a hippee !!! I kind of like that concept! ) They should not feel they were neglected deliberately. We plow and sand in the winter months and we began talking with them right in the middle of our busy snow season. Even though they were told that the deposit was non refundable and we made plans to return the deposit when the lean months were upon us! (A bad decision on our part) A gentlemen's agreement was made without visiting any judge .... and we are well on the other side of the adventure! We wish them both well and understand that they opted to hold their event at their own home to make it work with the budget that they had to work with! Every story has two sides...The key is to use each experience as a learning curve!!!
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