Post # 1
We are thinking about cancelling our wedding venue with 13 months to go. We just booked it about 2 months ago. In the contract it states that the deposit of $1000 is non refundable. I’m not even worried about getting the deposit back so much I could care less at this point. What I am worried about is that in the contract it states that if the wedding is cancelled 120 days or more in advance that we would still be responsible for 40% of the total cost of the wedding. The total cost was $9000, minus the $1000 deposit. Even though it specifically states this in the contract we’d be giving them 13 months to rebook the date. Do you think that they would still hold us accountable for the 40% of the total cost of the wedding even with giving this far much in notice? Any advice would be appreciated. I am majorly stressing over this and do not know what to do.
Post # 3
@tweetybird: If the contract states you are responsible for 40% then the venue can hold you to that.
You can talk to them and see if they’d be willing to waive that if they can rebook on your date.
It can’t hurt to ask, but since you signed the contract you can be held responsible for that 40%.
However, since you are cancelling so far out they might be willing to work with you.
Post # 4
I agree with the above poster. You might be in luck because it is so far out, but they also might just want their money and they won’t ignore $4000. I’d call, see what they say and go from there.
Post # 5
I agree with the previous posters. By talking it over you may learn that your previous date is popular such that the hall will not lose as much through your cancellation. You can also inquire about rescheduling the day.
Post # 6
Good luck… if you signed a contract saying they can hold you to the 40%, they can hold you to the 40%. Definitely tell them about whatever situation you’re in and hope that they’ll refund the money since it’s so far away, but they are legally allowed to keep 40% if they want.
Out of curiosity, why are you trying to cancel your venue?
Post # 7
Try re-reading the contract… that 120 days clause seems backwards…. it would make sense that if it was 120 days or LESS that you would owe 40%. I just looked at my contract (I know each venue is different) and they start charging at 12 months out..
but call and ask first!
Post # 8
OP, if your venue is in NYC, the NYC administrative code that allows you to cancel a catering contract up to six months before the event and get most of your money back. (Minus a small percentage as a fee, I think.) I’m not sure if there’s a similar provision in NYS law, but it’s worth checking into!
Post # 9
Now you may be able to get money back for your cancelled wedding!
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