No, they were not.
The fees paid included food, wine and champagne, venue hire (and presumably staff).
Thank you - very useful feedback. I plan to contact the venue setting out the points you've made. A few more questions:
1. If the venue refuses to refund any payment, what next steps should I consider (eg small claims court?).
2. What costs would I incur at a small claims court?
3. Is reference to the UTCCR plus the points you make sufficient input to make a case, or would I need to construct something more specific or detailed? (is precedent relevant?)
I've paid the venue £14K; the final total cost would have been less than this (say £11-12K). I would hope to get, say, 50% of the £11-12K back, and am assuming they must refund the difference between what I've paid and the final total cost in any case.
One more point - profit on a wedding reception is difficult to estimate; I do know that the profit on the food is quite low (perhaps £5 on a £50 cost per person).
Yes - your answers have been very thorough.
One more question - if I pursue this myself as you have indicated, will this carry sufficient weight, or should I use a lawyer? (This will incur further costs on top of the court costs to which you've referred).
Did I miss the link to court costs?
All very helpful, thanks. I need to go away and work on this now. If I have any further questions later, how do I contact you again on this?