Today is not the best day ever in wedding-planning land. Not only did my venue double book the outside space that we had for the wedding, but they also promised to stay within the budget we gave them and they told us that the price tag will be doubled because they "didn't see the note on our budget". Lovely.
Apparently, even though we booked 8 months ago, they are only now seeing that someone else had the venue booked (the other people signed a few days before us so they got to use it.) We only found out about the mess up a month before the wedding. Invites have already been sent out and there is nothing I can do.
The venue wedding coordinator that had sold us on the venue lied about a lot of things the hotel could do when I met with him 8 months ago, then he quit and we had a new girl as the "wedding interim" that gave us the wrong info, and then only three weeks before the wedding we had to start working with a new lady that has completely misled us on pricing after repeatedly meeting with her and asking prices.
Now, 1 1/2 weeks before the wedding they just told me today the $10,000 they said it would cost is now $20,000. I am meeting with the venue wedding coordinator, the general manager, and the director of sales after work today. I have given them many, many chances to repair the situation and now have no idea how to approach this.
Have you had any situations like this in your wedding planning? What on earth am I supposed to do? My mother passed away less than a year ago, so I don't have someone to help me go charging in to fix this. Due to my father and grandparents' urging to have a big wedding and also use this as a celebration to honor my mother, the wedding will be giant - we have had over 300 RSVPs come back. With that being said, I would love to find a different venue but do not have that option with it being so close now and not having as many options because of the big crowd.
Please let me know your thoughts - eloping sounds super awesome right now.