So, what lessons did we learn from this scheduling debacle?
- If a venue refuses to take your money when you're ready to put it down, move on. Find another venue. Especially if your date is really important to you (as ours was to us - which is why we were trying to book over a year in advance!).
- Don't take being "penciled in" as anything remotely equivalent to "booked". We had too much faith in the good word of the scheduler, and it bit us in the rear. Hard.
- Don't take anyone's word regarding important aspects of your wedding. If it's important to you, sign a contract - for your own protection.