How to Get Your Wedding Damage Deposit Back

When you reserve a wedding venue, you will most likely be asked to leave a damage deposit. Here at Hidden Creek, we ask for a $500 damage deposit, which is 100% refundable. But how do you make sure that you get it back? $500 is a great amount of money that can be used towards your honeymoon or for a house’s down payment. Well, we have listed some tips to help you get your damage deposit back!


One of the most common ways of losing your damage deposit is when damage occurs at your wedding. Enlightening, right? A good way to limit those risks is by limiting your bar. Although many people don’t like to be restricted on their alcohol intake, many need to be limited.

Unfortunately, some people get very rowdy when intoxicated and can do silly things that can damage a venue. For example, a couple of weeks ago, Hidden Creek had a guest hang off of the bathroom stall, and it ripped the stall completely off of the wall. Damages like these will cost you your damage deposit. Additionally, if your guests bring their kids, make sure that they are taking care of them, so they don’t damage anything, like ripping out the plants and flowers.


When you set a timeframe for the venue, for example, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., make sure that your vendors don’t get there any earlier. Most times, venues are giving tours or have other appointments during the morning and you don’t want your vendors to interrupt them. Make sure you are clear with your vendors on when to set up and when to take down their stuff. 

When you stay in the venue after your timeframe, you can also lose your damage deposit. This would require the venue to pay their employees for their extra time, the lights have to be kept on, the air too, and things add up. So, if your vendors need extra time to take down their stations and decorations, then have them start the process earlier.

Review the Contract

Review the contract and make sure that all the policies are met. Your vendors and decorators should understand the rules and what’s allowed. If they break some of the rules while they are decorating, like puncturing holes in the wall, etc., then you could lose some of your damage deposit.

Clean Before You Leave

If you are hiring a caterer, but they aren’t staying until the end of the night to clean and bust the tables, then that responsibility falls onto you. If your family doesn’t want to bust the tables, then that falls onto the venue. Venues will use that damage deposit to pay for the staff that will clean the mess. Therefore, when you are choosing a caterer, make sure that they stay until the end of the night to clean for you.

Your Dream Begins at Hidden Creek

If you are looking for the perfect venue to have your dream wedding in, you have come to the right place. Hidden Creek is a beautiful venue tucked away within luscious greens. It offers privacy and a big space for celebration. Schedule a tour with us today! If you would like some more wedding tips or need a wedding coordinator, feel free to give us a call.