Boo-urns, reception venue!

Our reception venue has turned into that stupid ex-boyfriend who makes empty promises that leave you waiting for him at home on a Friday night in your really pretty evening dress. 

First, it was the illusive 2009 menu. It was supposed to show up in the beginning of 2009 (duh, as it IS the 2009 menu). It was then pushed back to February… then March… we really were starting to think it didn’t exist. I JUST got it in my inbox the other day, four months into the new year. The funny thing is that not much has changed except for a few price increases here and there. The candy bar option is now non-existent since they insist on charging an arm and a leg for it. Really, if we could feed a hundred trick-or-treating kids a decent amount of candy for $30, there is no reason for a candy bar to cost this much (unless the word “wedding” magically adds an extra $500). Bringing in our own candy isn’t an option because there are no outside food allowed in the venue save for the wedding cake*.

Then, it was the cancelled meetings with the venue’s event coordinator. There have been two or three so far, all because she flaked out. The latest cancellation angered me especially. She had insisted on meeting with us on Good Friday next week despite me reminding her that it was a holiday. Then, I received this email the other day: 


Dear Miss Zombie,

I’m sorry, but I just realized that it is Good Friday and I won’t be at work. We will have to re-schedule, I’m afraid. Let me know what works for you, please.



Just realized? JUST REALIZED? I had emailed her weeks ago asking if she was sure since it was GOOD FRIDAY of the EASTER WEEKEND!

It’s a good thing that my FMIL, who was supposed to make the trip down from Ottawa to be present at the meeting cancelled because we would have felt terrible for her wasting a trip. Re-scheduling really wouldn’t have been a big deal had it not been for the fact that Mr. Zombie and I never have days off together (his days off are Thursdays and Fridays while I get normal weekends off) save for the two days a month when we are too busy putting together our monthly shadow cast performance at a local cinema. We also work 9-6 jobs, which makes it nearly impossible to catch the venue’s event coordinator since she’s also working on the same schedule.  Since all our little DIY projects depends on what is discussed with this venue, we can’t move forward with our wedding planning until we have this meeting. 

If we could turn back time, we probably wouldn’t have chosen this venue, but alas, half our total rental deposit has been placed and there is nothing much we can do but bend over and take it. However, we would feel like total pushovers if we, in fact, bent over and took it, especially since so much money has been invested in this venue. What do we do? Why is wedding planning this stressful? Does it get worse from here?


* which was also an ordeal on its own, but then the venue made “an exception”…. as if they never had weddings that had wedding cakes before. 


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