I am getting married in May and booked my venue (a museum) back in June-July. This week, I got an email from their event coordinator saying they'd made some changes to their event policies, mostly regarding the bride/groom rooms provided for us to get ready in, and to sign and return the addendum she'd sent along. Turns out the addendum reads that we will have access to the bride/groom rooms any time after 4 p.m. on the day of our wedding...our ceremony is at 5:30 p.m., and we are planning on doing first look photos and some other photos before the ceremony, so getting in after 4 would pretty much be pointless and we'd have to get ready somewhere else.
Our original contract doesn't specify anything about the bride and groom rooms specifically, the only similar policy listed states that we can hold a rehearsal anytime after 10 a.m. on the day of our event. (which if we were to do this, logically we would go from the rehearsal to get ready anyway...) We were told that we would have access to the museum (and these rooms) for the entire day, beginning when the museum opened at 10 a.m.
One of the reasons we chose this venue was because of the convenience of having rooms to get ready on-site, as well as not having the possible expense of a hotel room or somewhere to get ready. My question is, what happens if we don't sign this addendum? We've paid the venue in full and signed the contract back in July.
Right now, we have called and left the event coordinator a message to call us, but still waiting to hear back. I'm wondering if they're getting lots of calls about this, because our other thought was, what about people who have daytime events? We think they had an incident of some sort because the addendum also states no alcohol in the bride/groom rooms, and that if you leave those rooms into the main museum area that you must be fully clothed in a shirt, pants and shoes. I'm hoping we can work this out once we talk to the coordinator, but I'm not sure what to expect and not really sure what happens if we simply refuse to sign the addendum when we already have a contract in place and have paid in full.