Post # 1
We are booking our destination wedding at an international hotel chain, and just got their contract. As expected, it’s written in a way that they are responsible for nothing and we are responsible for everything.
For example, this is terribly sad to think of, but if my fiance or I was severely injured or sick and unable to travel to the wedding, we still owe them anywhere from 50-90% of the wedding cost (depending on when we cancelled).
Is this normal? I assume yes, but am having a minor freak-out moment.
Post # 3
@BrideEleven: I’d imagine it’s pretty standard, but we are getting wedding insurance just in case. Our venue isn’t destination, but if the roof caves in and kills half the wedding party we are completely responsible. Therefore, wedding insurance. It’s surprisingly not expensive and if we were doing such an expensive destination event I’d be even more apt to get it.
Post # 4
Yep, mine is not destination, but I am getting married at a hotel and it basically said the same thing. Depending on how near the date it gets when when/if you “cancel” it gets to about 90% we owe. It’s crazy, but we signed away..
Post # 5
@viewfrmhere: Good, I’m not alone. Yes, we are looking into the insurance as well. It’s required by the contract anyway. I actually know of a woman who fell and broke her leg at a wedding last year, and she sued the parents of the groom who paid for the wedding (and signed the contract). That scared my mom enough to want insurance anyway!
Post # 6
Edited: I misunderstood! I thought you were talking about hotel blocks.. Sorry!
Post # 7
We signed something similar, I suppose that’s pretty standard!
Post # 8
ours is similar. 40% for a year out and increases to 100% for 0-60 days cancellation. ours is with the hilton.
Post # 9
Yup, our reception was at the Hilton Doubletree, and this sounds familiar. It’s basically insurance for them — if your event doesn’t happen, they could have booked someone else in there and made the money. They don’t want to be out money.
Post # 10
I picked a smaller resourt and they assured us that all reasonable arrangements would be made if something happened or it rained on the wedding day, etc. We did have comprehensive travel insurance that would cover accidents, trip cancelllation etc.