Post # 1
HI bees. So the husband and I had an intimate NYE daytime wedding planned for this year and decided to cancel it and elope. Really we(he) wanted a much bigger affair than what we had planned but didn’t want to wait an extra 6-7 months of planning to be married so the intent was to elope now, celebrate later. So ok, we’re married. Now I’m going through the hassle of canceling contracts and our venue space wants to charge an additional 500 dollar cancel fee on top of the 500 deposit we’ve already put down and my husband is livid. Yes this was in the contract but sheeesh! He’s on this “i refuse to be pay 1k for absolutely nothing” kick and I have no clue what to tell him because I can’t think of a thing we could do with that space on NYE DAY in the middle of the work-week where we’d have to be out by 3pm.
Any creative bees out there with some ideas? I’d like to not add this to my list of annoyances (see previous post in elopement section) concerning my wedding. So be it if I have to though.
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Post # 2
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
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 # 4
geese! i guess i should be thankful it’s only 975 compared to that 2500 but still it hurts for sure. we’re planning a big celebration next year and could maybe use the space for a welcome cocktail spot or brunch or something along those lines (just thought of that after the post) but i’m almost sure they’d still charge me a rescheduling fee or new deposit or something that’d make it pointless. blah!
Post # 5
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
Post # 12
Thanks bees! Id never thought to donate it but there is a church nearby so i could check with them for anyone that may need/want the space. If not then I’ll try to transfer the date. If neither of those works I’ll just eat the cost obviously.
yup! Two weeks ago today 🙂 Thanks ya!