(Closed) Canceled Wedding, Help Needed!!

posted 12 years ago in Money
Post # 3
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

It completely depends on what their contracts say.  If it’s a non-refundable deposit, then your friend is out of luck.  It’s a bad situation, but it’s entirely based on contracts.

Post # 4
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m afraid they’re out of the money.  That’s generally the thing about deposits.  But obviously have her review her contracts very carefully to see if there is some sort of loophole.  good luck

Post # 5
40 posts

Really depends on the contract. Another thing she could try to do is have someone take over her contracts. If she can find someone willing to take them

Post # 6
958 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

if there are signed contracts, there is little to be done.  That’s why vendors get deposits, unfortunately.

Post # 7
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It depends on her contract, but most vendors are going to keep the deposit. A lot of vendors will be willing to return the deposit if they’re able to re-book that date, but that’s at their discretion.  That’s why they ask for one, to hold the date and to ensure that they do receive some kind of compensation.

Post # 8
1751 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

some places may let her postpone things but I guess if it’s serious enough to cancel, she just has to suck up the costs and be happy she made the right decision.  Though if they let her keep the deposit there for a while, maybe she can use them for the next time around!

Post # 9
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

see if she can try and find another bride who would be interested in using (at least some) of her vendors that same day, and see if they can work with the vendor to be sure its fine…that way, she can transfer her day to the other bride, the other bride can pay her the deposit (back)….does that make sense?

Post # 10
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2021

Sorry to say that I went through this and didn’t get any deposits back.  Most contracts are not drafted to allow for their return. 

Post # 11
5280 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

agree with the pp. although it is sad that your friend had to go through this, vendors may have turned down other bookings on that date and lost revenue.  most of the deposits that you pay are non-refundable.

Post # 12
1953 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You would think though that since the wedding is still SO far off, and in peak season, there is no reason they couldn’t book the date.

What if she suggested to them that if they can find someone willing to take that date she had reserved then she should get her money (deposit) back.

I think there is a real estate renting law that deals with that here in FL.  I think if you want out of your apartment complex lease, they have to let you out if they can reasonably find a similar renter that is willing to rent the apartment. 

THe point is, I don’t think they are allowed to keep her deposit and still rent the venue out the same day.  (Double Dipping)

Post # 14
3625 posts
Sugar bee

Well…we placed a non-refundable deposit on a beachfront/hotel wedding location,and when the wedding was cancelled,we were told they would hold the deposit in reserve for re-booking for up to a year. As it got closer to the year deadline,I again contacted the hotel to see if we could use the $$ for anything else (like a vacation). We were told we could,so we spent a week at the resort in lieu of the refund.

It’s possible that some of the vendors will work with her.

Post # 15
793 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had planned on doing a Destination Wedding in Vegas at the Bellagio. We cancelled it like a year and a half ahead of time and they kept our deposit. And our wedding was going to be on a random Wednesday, so I’m sure people weren’t clamoring for our day. And they said that we couldn’t use the money for anything else there, like a vaca in the future or honeymoon. Lost $1,000. agh!!!!!

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