- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
Sorry, this is going to be a long one. This is actually for my best friend who has unfortunately decided to cancel her September wedding. I’m not sure what to say to her and what kind advice to give her. We spoke about the cancellation process and when she informed her venue of her cancellation, they said they would get back to her with the numbers.
According to her contract, if she were to cancel 30 days prior to the event day, she would have to pay 90% of the fees. If she cancels 15 days prior then she has to pay 100% of the total costs.
Since her wedding was planned for late September, she has plently of time before the 30 day situation. I would have assumed that since it was before the 30 days, she wouldn’t have to pay the 90% of the fees – she just wouldn’t get back her deposit and whatever she’s paid for since putting down the deposit. Was I wrong to think this?
When they got back to her today, they said that she would have to pay the 90% PLUS the cost of the rooms that they had set aside for the event. They never said this when she signed the contract. The only thing about the rooms when signing the contract was that if the rooms weren’t booked 30 days prior to the event, they would be released to the general public. Also they told her that before that she could change the number of people attending and the meal now that she’s cancelling they are charging her the full estimate that she provided (which we all know, we always over estimate) and the the meal option she had chosen, which isn’t the cheapest (even though she was told she could change her meal).
I don’t know what tell her. I haven’t had the chance to look at her contract but all she could see in the contract about cancellation was the 30 days – 90% needs to paid and the 15 days – 100% needs to be paid.
Can they do this? I understand that they need to make up costs but it seems ridiculous.
I told her… if they weren’t willing to work something out to tell them that they decided to call the wedding back on, use the minimum number of guests, choose the cheapest meal option and then cancel because the contract they have now is the prelim. contract and 30 days prior to the event, she is supposed to go in and inform them of the actual number of guests then sign the final contract – if she’s going to have to pay 90% of the costs, might as well play it to your advantage it, right?
What do you all think?