(Closed) Small claims question – fired caterer need deposit back

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

First off, don’t use “gotten”, use “received”. You want to sound intelligent (not implying that you aren’t) in your letter. Also, just be direct and to the point but don’t be snarky. Snarkiness makes you sound immature and you don’t want to come off that way. When is your wedding? If you haven’t received your deposit back within 30 days of your cancellation, then yes, proceed with the claim. Also, don’t use “afraid” because you want to him to know you are serious, not apprehensive. Lastly, do not apologize. You have done nothing wrong since according to your contract, you were well within your rights to cancel at this time. Good luck. 

Post # 4
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I tpyed a whole response and it didnt post?


Post # 5
1736 posts
Bumble bee

You used the word “since” quite a lot in the first paragraph – I would suggest removing that and re-wording slightly. Here is my suggestion below.

Mr. So-and-So,

You have failed to respond to the last two emails sent to you dated ____ and _____, It has been 20 days since I first canceled our contract and asked for the return on the deposit made in the amount of $1,926.41 (Check # 696 issued on 3/20/2012). If I do not receive the full deposit back by July 1, 2012, I will be filing the proper small claims paperwork for full restitution. As there are multiple addresses for Blue Tuesday, you will receive copies of related documents at the following addresses:

Address A

Address B

Address C

I thank you in advance for your kind and swift attention to the matter at hand. My hope is to have this resolved without further incident.

Thank you,


Post # 6
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Let’s try again-It didnt happen to me but someone I knew with a photographer years ago, he did the service and took  1 1/2 to send her Walmart prints.

My suggestions- See below but also remove the line about taking them to small claims court instead state that you will escalate the matter if not resolved.  Do not apologize ( take out I am sorry and afraid) this is happening due to them not being honest, remove the fact that you will send to several locations just do it and when you certify the letter make sure you keep the return portion from each address. Also send it to the address directly on your contract first and foremost. Make sure you keep a copy of the letter, make sure you include copies of the email showing when they said they would return your deposit. Give them a specified time to resolve the matter no more than 7 days is my suggestion so send today if you can if nothing by next thursday friday morning send in the court docs with your fee.

Next-go to the courthouse, get the papers you need (most times it is free depending on your state/county). Complete them and list all the addresses and wait to see what happens.

Post # 7
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

MrsMindle you wrote a perfect demand note….

Post # 9
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d edit this post asap and take out the name of the caterer ASAP.

Post # 10
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Calybug:  I agree with your suggestions. 

The majority of your email is perfect, but just stick to the facts, and do not apologize. Keep us updated! 

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