EASTON, Pa. — It’s been about two years since the pandemic began, and couples planning and rescheduling weddings continue to struggle. Some lose tens of thousands of dollars.
“The first piece of advice I would give a client would be if you sign something important, have your lawyer read it all, and I neglected my own advice,” said Nicholas Sandercock, attorney at Gross McGinley.
Sandercock’s challenges planning his own big day years ago inspired him to pursue marriage law. Since the start of the pandemic, he has fielded more than a hundred calls from couples with questions or issues.
“Sometimes people would show up to their weddings and the venues all of a sudden had a tent for what was supposed to be an indoor wedding,” Sandercock said.
“They always throw the contract out the way,” said Abbey Borroughs, a wedding planner and owner of Borroughed with Love Co.
Borroughs, who had to postpone her own pandemic wedding, says the main concerns for guests are availability and pricing.
“I got a quote from a florist for $10,000,” Borroughs said. “It’s like something astronomical that you can’t even imagine. You throw the flowers at the end of the night.”
Instead of giving refunds, some sites and providers are sticking with credits, which means people have hundreds to thousands of dollars to spend on services they may or may not need, depending on how their lives change. planes.
“I’ve been in a lot of wedding groups on Facebook and I’ve seen people post like, ‘oh, I’ve got this amount of money in store credit if anyone’s interested. We can kind of make it an exchange,” Borroughs said. .
While many feel pressured to sign contracts quickly to get their desired date, Sandercock insists there is time and room to negotiate.
“The force majeure clause is sometimes referred to as a force majeure provision, and a lot of that depends on the language,” Sandercock said.
Sandercock says the provision must be specific about changes due to the pandemic.