Wedding vendors know that 10-15% of people call off their weddings, so many require upfront and non-refundable deposits. Why? Wedding vendors are protecting themselves against the risk of not being able to re-book their services if you do indeed decide to cancel. That said, there are options:
Sell your cancelled wedding: Bridal Brokerage buys cancelled weddings and resells them to new couples. Registration is free and the company only charges a fee if they’re able to sell your wedding. For more information, visit their website, send them an email, or call (434) 260-0042.
Wedding refunds: while some wedding vendors might be willing to refund part of your deposit, they are under no obligation to do so. When you signed your contract, your vendor stopped marketing its services to other couples on your wedding date. With each passing day, it has become increasingly difficult – if not impossible – for your vendor to book another wedding that could replace the money they would lose by refunding your deposits. Your decision to cancel your wedding is incredibly personal. But from the vendor’s perspective, deposits are nothing personal; it’s only business.
Wedding insurance: unfortunately, insurance only covers family illness, weather, and acts of God – not a change of heart.