Are preferred wedding vendors legal?

“I now pronounce you…preferred vendors.”

Question (from anonymous in New York):

“Not allowed to work at a wedding venue? 

I am a wedding vendor. A local venue recently told all its customers that they must buy a photo booth in house from them, and that no outside vendors (like me) are allowed to bring one in. Is this legal?”

Response (from Attorney Rob):

As a private operation, the wedding venue has the absolute discretion to negotiate the terms of its business, so long as it does not run afoul of federal, state, or local discrimination laws. No monopoly issues or anything like that either.

Moral of the StoryAs the famous philosopher Luther Campbell once stated, “This ain’t China. This ain’t Russia. This ain’t the place where they brought down the Wall.”