19 Jul Calling Off Your Destination Wedding
Making the decision to call your wedding can be one of the most difficult decisions you’ll make. While we hope that this is something you’ll never have to go through, here are some tips about how to handle it.
- Let a third party reach out to your guests: During this difficult time the last thing you want to do is have to explain to dozens of people why you’ve decided to call of your wedding. If you’ve engaged a service like ours to manage your destination wedding, then let us reach out to your guests and field their questions. If not, find a neutral third party, whether it’s a family member or friend, to diplomatically get the word out.
- Give your guests the option to make the trip: While it may seem a little strange that your guests may still go without you, they’ve already taken the time off work and paid for the trip. Some guests may still want to make the trip as planned, but will have concerns about hurting your feelings. Letting them know that you’re ok with them taking the trip as planned will help ease some of their worries.
- Be prepared to handle cancellation fees: In addition to the wedding package and your personal travel, your guests will incur cancellation fees as well. For your guests without trip insurance, it will be a total loss. For guests with insurance, they will receive a refund less the cost of the insurance. When a wedding is cancelled, the couple typically cover any financial losses for their guests. If you have a group contract, there may be group cancellation penalties as well. Your travel consultant can help you determine the total amount of the damages and let your guests know what to expect. Your guests will undoubtedly have questions about this. We can help understand what to expect.
Calling off a wedding, even when you’re sure it’s the right thing to do, is still one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can assist.