Disgruntled Attendee

Smyrna, GA

#1 Jun 27, 2011
Do not do business with John Peeler and La Fete. He is unprofessional and unorganized. He does not know business etiquette or how to cater to his customer or attend to their needs. He does half work and isn't worth the $900 that he charges. I encourage someone else to open an elegant location in Milledgeville for events, that's reasonably priced and give La Fete a run for it's money. I will never enter that venue again.
Con Artist

Grayson, GA

#2 Aug 24, 2011
Jon Peeler is a con artist! he promised every thing would be taken care for my special event. I paid him a total of $500.00.$250 deposit plus another 250 on the bill. 2 months before my event he cancelled on me, stating he could not fulfill the agreement do to his staff would not be able to travel on that date. He then stated he would send me a check in the amount of 325.00. Excuse me Sir, did I miss something. You cancelled on me. I should get all of my money back. There was nothing in the contract stating that I couldn't. Needless to say I still have not received any of my money back!!!! I have contacted him several times, only for him to lie and say the check is in the mail. I will see you in court Mrs. Jon and yes I typed it correctly MRS.

Milledgeville, GA

#3 Oct 1, 2013
If you are thinking of having an event at La Fete, PLEASE take your business elsewhere. Jon Peeler is a lazy, unprofessional, disorganized liar and his venue is infested. When planning our wedding, my fiance and I were told by Mr. Peeler that we wouldn't need to rent glassware, china, linens etc because he had everything in-house and it would all be included in our package. The week of the wedding, he told us that he didn't have black underlays (contrary to what he'd previously told us) and at our reception, our guests were eating off of paper plates and drinking from SOLO cups. Mr. Peeler, who was always presentably dressed for our meetings during the planning process chose to wear what appeared to by gym shorts, a t-shirt and shoes that looked like slippers for our event. He literally looked like he'd just rolled out of bed. Oh! And did I mention the bugs? We had a cookie/candy buffet and were forced to store some of our cookie trays on top of the bar the night before the wedding (because the tables we were assured would be in place so that we could get everything on the treat table arranged following our rehearsal were - SHOCKER!- not there). In spite of being thoroughly wrapped, three trays of cookies had to be thrown out because they and the entire right side of the bar were crawling with ants. During our reception, two members of our bridal party discovered, killed and quietly disposed of cockroaches. Additionally, in spite of being told that our package included service staff, there were no servers around to clear dirty "dishes" once the guests were done eating, so some of our guests were actually clearing tables themselves. It is apparently Mr. Peeler's standard practice to NOT clean up his venue for DAYS after an event (something we didn't discover until we had paid in full). We would go there to meet with him and there would be tables littered with plates and trash, chicken bones on the floor, etc. To top everything off, A/C at La Fete is either virtually nonexistent OR Jon Peeler is too cheap to turn it up enough to actually cool his venue properly. Our reception, which was supposed to be 3 hours long, was actually closer to 1 hour because our guests were so incredibly uncomfortable in the heat. There were truly so many things that went wrong with our event solely because of Jon Peeler's lackadaisical attitude and deliberately misleading manner of doing business that 4000 characters isn't really enough to cover it. The venue is a relatively beautiful space with incredible potential, but Peeler is clearly out to make as much money as he can while putting forth as little effort as possible. He made what should have been our dream wedding into nothing short of an embarrassment, and he would be hearing from our lawyer if I thought there were even the slightest chance that taking him to court would not be a monumental waste of time. Please, please, PLEASE do not give this man your business.
They arent lying

Fitzgerald, GA

#4 Mar 2, 2014
I was present at this wedding in particular, and also helped to set up the night before... I know first hand how bad the place was.. seriously look else where. I'm getting married this year and refuse to even look at La Fete as a potential venue.
Community member

Columbus, GA

#5 Jul 28, 2014
Jon is definitely EVERYTHING you all mentioned. He was evicted from La Fete and has no affiliation with the venue any more. It has new paint and carpet. The manner in which he treated the building, operated the business and conducted himself is beyond appaling.

Macon, GA

#6 Apr 14, 2017
He still owes me and my wife $1100 we were going to do our wedding reception there and we were paying as we went so we wouldn't have a huge bill right before the wedding well the week of the wedding he calls my wife and tells her he had left the original la fete venue behind chikfala and he had a new building but the fire marshal was giving him a hard time so we had to do it at one of the hotels going towards the lake which was to small for all the people we had coming and stunk really bad so we demanded our my money back we had paid $2500 he gave us $600 cash that we had gave him the day before and $1000 check that was post dated and when we tried to get the rest he wouldn't answer and was no where to be found so my wife and decided to sue him and when she called the court house the lady said we 3rd or 4th person to sue him and the lady also said he had nothing in his name so there was no pint in suing him so we didn't. He is obviously a con artist if this many had this problem.

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