Post # 1
Has anyone tried to cancel a vendor and get their deposit back? Or transfer their deposit for a future use? We are going to switch our venue and I need to figure out a way to transfer the deposit from the wedding event to maybe an engagement party! Its a long shot we’ll probably lose the deposit but I need to try at least! Pls tell me your stories!
Post # 3
I think that vendors might be open to transferring. As long as they don’t lose the money, and as long as they are available on your new date, it might not matter to them.
They might hold you to your original contract if they feel like they will lose money in the long run. However, if your vendor starts to act this way (like they don’t want to switch from your wedding venue to an engagement party venue because they are realizing that you might spend lots of money on your wedding and not quite as much on your engagement, perhaps you could remind them that if you pull out entirely, they will only get your deposit money. If they let you switch, they will get to keep your deposit and possibly get more money for your engagement party.).
Why did you decide to switch?
Post # 4
I would definitely start with the approach of a date re-schedule, rather than a cancel. A lot of venues palce stipulations in their contracts that cancellations may only be made in a certain time frame and for particular, extreme, out-of-normal-control situations (death, military leave, etc). Usually the understanding is that you do not get your deposit back, but you may get out of your obligation to fulfill your end of the contract.
I think most venues would be more open to a renegotiation of the date, as long as they have enough time to book another event for your original date. I would even help out your venue by advertising your old date availability if they allow you to switch.
Hope it all works out for you!
Post # 5
Thanks Bees! I see not too many people have luck with getting their deposits back, so we may just eat our deposit. I will still try though! The thing is that we’re trying to make it from a night time wedding reception to a day time engagement party. We went to the our venue at night and didn’t feel as comfortable with the area as we had thought. But their food is great, and its a cute place, we just don’t want to be there at night.