17 Mar Changing Or Cancelling A Destination Wedding Due To Coronavirus
Many couples are being faced with the decision about whether or not to reschedule their destination wedding due to the Coronavirus. If you have a destination wedding scheduled for this year, here’s what you need to know.
Flights: Most airlines are allowing a one-time change fee waiver. So if you need to change the dates for your wedding, your guests may be able to change their flights without a change fee. If the fare is higher, they will be responsible for the difference in fare. Most airlines are also requiring that your travel starts by December 31, 2020.
Hotels: If you have a group contract many hotels are allowing couples to change their travel dates at the rates they currently have in their group contract. However, a change in date may mean a smaller guest list. The cancelation policies outlined in your group contract would most likely still apply. We’re also seeing many hotels only guaranteeing the rates through December 20, 2020. If you do not have a group contract, the rules vary wildly.
Wedding packages: Most hotels are allowing changes to your wedding date with no penalty. However, if you have booked a package that has a minimum guest requirement, there could be a change fee.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance does not cover a pandemic. If you have a policy that includes a “cancel for any reason” waiver, you should be able to cancel and get most, if not all, of your money back. But if you do not have this waiver, it’s unlikely that trip insurance will cover any cancelation or change fees.
Changing or canceling a destination wedding is never easy. If you’re not getting married within the next 60 days we would recommend that you wait until the end of March to see how this situation evolves. But canceling your destination wedding doesn’t mean you can’t have the wedding you’ve been dreaming of.
We’re hearing horror stories from couples who booked their travel through online sites. Whether you booked your wedding with us or not, please feel free to reach out if you need assistance.