Wedding Venue Cancellation Policy – Vendor Rights

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

I’m not a legal expert either but I wouldn’t go with that venue for that reason. At the very least, if they cancel 90 days in advance without notice, they should have the obligation to find you an alternative venue and cover any differences in cost. While its understandable that things happen, like if their venue gets burned down or flooded, but at the same time its not really fair that you are now left with no options. I don’t recall reading that clause in our venue contract. I’ve seen it on our other vendor contracts, like photographer, but like I suggested above, they have added the obligation to help us find a replacement at no cost to us. 

Post # 3
939 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Yeahh I wouldn’t book that venue, or at least negotiate that clause. Our vendor contract didn’t have that in it. I would at least try to negotiate they add a line saying if they do cancel within 90 days, they need to give you a full refund. But I still wouldn’t like booking a venue who can just randomly cancel on me. What happens if a couple comes along and is willing to pay more money 4 months before your wedding? They can just cancel and say tough luck? I don’t like that.

Post # 4
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I agree with PPs. I would scratch that clause completely before signing or at least negotiate that they must find a comparable replacement venue for you at the same cost. For me, a refund alone isn’t enough if I’d be stuck without a venue. If they don’t agree, I would move on.


I know you love the venue and it’s unlikely to be an issue…but things do happen. My brother has a destination wedding in May. The venue for their welcome party sold and the new owners are now demanding thousands more for them to use the same space and, based on their previous agreement, there’s nothing they can do but pay it or scramble to find somewhere else. It’s not worth the risk IMO!

Post # 5
788 posts
Busy bee

Hmm… I too think it’s a bit odd. I remember in our contract saying that they can cancel for specific reasons and that they would do their best to provide a venue up to same value from their sister venues. So I definitely would either negotiate that clause or not sign it at all. Seems too shady

Post # 6
4589 posts
Honey bee

I would not accept that clause.

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