This story takes place in Chicago, but I’d be willing to bet that there are many more similar stories unfolding all across the country. As we’ve previously noted, the lockdowns being put in place all across America have severely impacted the plans of couples who were scheduled to be married this spring. When the government bans gatherings of more than ten people and shuts down all the restaurants where your reception might have been held, that makes it pretty difficult to pull off the traditional nuptial traditions. And as a result, many couples have had to cancel.
Sadly, at least for two couples in the Windy City, that wasn’t the end of the bad news. After finding out their long-planned festivities were no longer possible and canceling the arrangements, they were informed that they would not be getting a refund, despite having paid all of the costs in advance. That added up to tens of thousands of dollars for each of them and they don’t know if there will be a way of getting the money back. (CBS Chicago)
Cancellations are taking a toll on the wedding industry, but what about couples who prepaid – only to be told they won’t be getting a single penny back?
In some cases, they used their life savings.
Despite contracts requiring refunds in situations like the coronavirus pandemic, they still got stiffed. So where do they go for help? There’s no federal bailout for them.