Post # 1
I feel like I’ve been a victim of wedding fraud, although in legal terms, I am being told that it wasn’t fraud.
Our ceremony and reception venue recently emailed us (about 80 days before our wedding date) and let us know they are closing their business indefinitely and will not be able to hold our wedding.
It seems that the business has been struggling for a VERY long time, and they are filing for bankruptcy very soon. This means that when we signed the contract and they pushed us to give them a deposit about three months ago, they basically knew that it was very possible that they wouldn’t be able to do our wedding.
Thankfully, I have found a new vendor in another city (since all the vendors near the one I was originally doing the wedding were taken). But, I am miserable about the $800 lost plus another couple hundred I have to pay my other vendors who have to travel or cannot refund my deposit.
Do any of you have any advice for me? I have been talking to some people, and they say that the legal fees required to file a claim to get my deposit back will be about the cost of my deposit.
Anybody else… help??? 🙁
Post # 3
Maybe just the threat of legal action will encourage them to give you back your deposit. Type up an official sounding letter on some very professional looking letterhead saying that you will sue if you don’t get your deposit back ASAP. It might work. Of course, if they’re filing for bankruptcy, you might be SOL…
Post # 4
They have no right to keep your deposit if you are not the one who cancelled. Threaten them with leagal action. Find a friend in law and have him/her help you write a letter and make some phone calls.
Post # 5
If you have wedding insurance it will cover the loss of your deposits plus the increased costs associated with relocating your wedding.
Post # 6
The amount is small enough that you can take them to small claims court, which will not cost you anything. Although if they have a lot of creditors who are not being paid, I’m not sure what your chances are for actually getting anything back even if you get a judgement against them.
Good point about wedding insurance snmcdowell. Maybe I do need it after all. I keep thinking about it…
Post # 7
I think prettykatie had it right- if they file for bankruptcy, you’re pretty much screwed. The whole point of bankruptcy is that your debts are pretty much nullified. If they don’t, you should definitely consider small claims.
suzanno, I read somewhere that wedding insurance is best purchased before you spend money on stuff. I’m not sure how true that is, but it’s something to consider if you’ve already signed most of your contracts and paid deposits, etc.