(Closed) Canceled our wedding… what to do with the space?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
192 posts
Blushing bee

Sadly those contracts are pretty solid, SO unless you use it or try to get someone else you know to rent it out. Your stuck. SAME extact thing happened to us and it ended up costing us $2500

Post # 3
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I think trying to find a use for the space just so you don’t have to pay the penalty for canceling is just throwing good money after bad. I suggest you pay the $1000 and be done. 

If it were a Sunday, I would suggest hosting a big brunch, but that’s going to cost WAY more than $1000. Sorry, bee. 

Maybe you can find a charity that can use the space and then you can perhaps claim it on your taxes as a gift to a charity? I dunno, I’m grasping. 🙁

Post # 5
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

I would try “donate” it. I would offer the $1K towards whoever wants to take over the space to use and transfer the contract over to pay the remaining balance.

Then, you can sleep well knowing that you did not “waste” the money, but rather helped someone out. Plus, you could probably use that as a write off depending on the circumstances 😉


Post # 6
11359 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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devonlee:  are you married now?!? How’d I miss this?!?! If so, congrats!!!!! 

As for your question, I can’t imagine what you could do with it:-( it sucks to feel like you’re wasting money but I can’t think of a practical use for it. 

Post # 7
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I had a friend who needed to cancel her wedding, and she did what PPs have suggested – donate it to a group or charity. She ended up giving the space to her church who hosted a special dinner (not sure if it was a fundraiser, or just a “night out”). You could see if there are groups who’d be interested in hosting some lunch fundraiser or event!

Post # 8
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

How much would it cost to use it for something?  Is the remaining balance more than the cancellation fee.  I personally wouldn’t spend more money to use it to avoid paying the cancellation fee.  I think PP’s idea to donate it is a good idea.

Post # 9
1496 posts
Bumble bee

I would at least look into seeing if you can reschedule without penalty and use it for your celebration next year, but if that’s not possible I’d do as PP suggested and donate it.

Post # 10
535 posts
Busy bee

Do you know anyone engaged or having a baby? If so, you could see if they wanted to have an engagement brunch or baby shower in the space.

You could also try posting the space availability on Craigslist, in the hope that another bride might see it and take it off your hands.

Post # 11
1666 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard

Can you have a BYOB party in the space? Just completely casual. Maybe a CD player and cheap food. Make it a throw-back party. A theme of “poor college” students or something so having cheap beer and food won’t seem out of place. If thats even allowed.  I dunno you could have fun with it. toga party or 80’s theme. Good luck 

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