(Closed) what happens if wedding gets cancelled one week before..

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

None of my vendors would have returned any money already paid. Nearly all of my final payments were due one week out or before. Some vendors have clauses that say if the event is cancelled within X days or months, then you’re still liable for the projected cost of the event.

Post # 4
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Some places will give you back your money (-) the downpayment..  

Post # 5
8725 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@MidwestBride2012:  Agreed. it will depend entirely on the contracts you personally signed. Each vendor has different terms and conditions but a lot will have a clause saying 30-90 days (depends on the vendor as to the amount of days) that the full contract price is payable in the case of a cancellation.

Post # 7
1114 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

This is why I’ve got insurance – to cover any vendors I have to cancel in the event of circumstances forcing cancellation.

Post # 8
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My photographer, caterer and venue both had small final payments I would be able to keep up to 8 days before the wedding, but I think that was it. Each contract is different, and you would really have to look.

If the vendors have no contracts, it would likely just be you paid what you paid and any money you have left to pay you don’t.

If you are asking because you are thinking about cancelling but don’t want to lose any money– a divorce is much more expensive and time consuming than a wedding.


Post # 9
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

You gave people money with no written agreement about what they were being paid for?  Oof.  Unless those people are just feeling generous, I would guess that you would not get any of it back.  You would (most likely) not need to make any final payments that you haven’t paid yet.

OP, it sounds like you’re weighing your options on whether to go through with the wedding or not.  Please don’t let money sway that decision.  Divorce is much more expensive than any wedding- emotionally and financially.

Post # 11
3368 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

…..NEVER book a wedding vendor without a contract. If they don’t normally do them, then you ask for them to draw something up. If they refuse, something is very wrong. 

If nothing was ever signed, most likely the money is as good as gone unfortunately. Unless you are in a rare circumstance that someone who is honest and willing to refund doesn’t have a contract, which would be a bit out there.  

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