Canceling a Wedding from a Hurricane?

With the 2020 hurricane season becoming one of the most active in recorded history, it’s time to breakdown the proper way to cancel if and when a hurricane causes you this unforgettable memory. Let’s talk about what you need to do and in what order.

  1. STAY POSITIVE

A hurricane is just as unpredictable as a wildfire can be in California or tornadoes in Oklahoma…… Remember that your wedding day luck is not a reflection of what your marriage will be like. Just think of all the weddings canceled in 2020 from the coronavirus pandemic. This kind of unpredicted event is truly a test of the vows, “for better or for worse”.

2. LET THE GUESTS KNOW ASAP

Many of your guests will have made lodging plans with Airbnb or through services like Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, or TripAdvisor. Most of these include an extenuating circumstance clause for hurricanes and such but some do not. The sooner your guests can notify the companies the higher chance they have for a full or partial refund. This also applies to flights and rental cars and such.

3. YOUR WEDDING VENDORS

Most wedding vendors will be understanding that you have to cancel because of a hurricane BUT they will be more willing to move your reservation for their services to another date without penalty than just a complete cancellation. From a business standpoint this 100% makes sense. Try to put yourself in their shoes. If you know the wedding isn’t going to happen at any future date than let them know and kindly ask if they can give you a partial refund. Do not expect a full refund.

4. HAVE A BACKUP PLAN

When you do contact family and friends make sure you have a plan for what you’re going to do instead of the cancelled wedding, for example:

  • We decided to just get married in the courthouse soon and we will do a wedding ceremony next year in ABC month but on a smaller scale.
  • We have decided to go ahead with the honeymoon and not tie the knot yet…. we want to see how we do living together for a year before we go through with planning a wedding again.
  • This must be a sign, we aren’t getting married, and in fact we broke up dealing with all of this.
  • The vendor’s aren’t giving our money back so we are going to go ahead and do this in spite of the hurricane risks and hope we don’t get killed from our venue getting destroyed during the ceremony……

Whatever choices you move forward with just remember, it’s your decision. Don’t get guilt-tripped into doing something you and your future spouse aren’t comfortable with. Hopefully, you have a friend in the business of cutting down trees like White Oak Tree Care LLC and things to help get your own property cleaned up after a hurricane.

I have friends located out in Crestview, FL, Foley, AL, and Freeport, FL and they have had a rough go of it this year. In Freeport the flooding from Hurricane Sally put 4 feet of water in their home and 2.5 feet in their RV. Out in Crestview trees were down everywhere and county paved roads ended up getting destroyed from water flows that had not been damaged in 60 years of hurricanes. Out in Foley, power lines were down everywhere along with trees and numerous people didn’t have power or water for over a week.

Always count your blessings and remember it could always be worse.

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