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Wedding Contract Dispute

Discussion in 'Consumer Law, Contracts, Warranties' started by Mike B, Jul 13, 2020.

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  1. Mike B

    Mike B Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Hello all,

    Been going back and forth with my wedding venue for most of this year now. Original wedding date was in May of 2020. We agreed to postpone that date with our venue to September 2020. With our rescheduled date approaching our venue has been extremely vague about their status and availability. As of now, our state is in phase 4 which only allows gatherings of 50 people or fewer. Our wedding was supposed to have 125 guests. Our contract seems to be strict on cancellation. If we cancel, then we owe a certain percentage of what’s left to pay depending on how close we are to the wedding date. If we are ready to go on our end but the venue cannot legally accommodate us, then what is our best course of action to get our money back If we do not want to keep postponing the date? The contract does not specify that we have to postpone if they cannot accommodate us. There is also no clause in the contract about the venue cancelling or not being able to accommodate. So if we are not the ones initiating the cancellation and we do not want to postpone the date anymore then should the venue be responsible for refunding our money that has already been paid - 11.5k? Also, will we still be liable to pay what we owe them, which is about 10k? Any information or advice is greatly appreciated!
     
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  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Read the contract you signed.
    The contract explains the penalties for cancellation, as well as failure to perform.
     
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    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    I don't have an answer for you and it's likely that nobody does. The Covid19 crisis has muddied legal issues with just about everything and the courts will be sorting it all out for years to come.

    I can guarantee you one thing. Whatever happens, you aren't going to get any of your money back without going to court. In NYC the small claims limit is $10,000. If you are outside NYC it's $5000 in cities and $3000 in towns so you either waive the difference or hire a lawyer.

    At this point the smartest thing to do (not legal advice) is email all your guests, explain the 50 person limit and ask for voluntary declinations. You'll probably get plenty. Then you can pare down the rest to 50 and seek an adjustment with the venue based on the reduced amount.

    Get everything in writing between you and the venue. Meantime don't do anything to breach your contract because you think the venue might breach it.

    And, yes, read your contract thoroughly and carefully. It's probably one sided in favor of the venue.
     

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