How to Legally Break a Wedding Contract

by Natalie Chardonnet ; Updated September 28, 2017

Legally break the wedding contract so you don't have outstanding dues.

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When planning a wedding, you sign contracts with vendors for the services the vendors will fulfill, and you agree to pay them for their services. Unfortunately, ending an engagement or delaying a wedding happens. Alternately, you may have decided that you like a different vendor's services better. Being prepared to break the contract with a wedding vendor can seem overwhelming and difficult legally; however, as a customer, you do have rights.

Step 1

Review the contract the vendor gave you when you agreed to utilize its services for your wedding. In the contract, there will be a section discussing the process for breaking the contract. Highlight this section so that you may refer back to it easily.

Step 2

Schedule a meeting with the vendor. If you are nervous, take a friend or relative with you. Explain the situation to the vendor, and respectfully tell him that you are breaking your contract. Wedding vendors and businesses are used to this happening, so your case probably won't be unique.

Step 3

Understand that you will probably not get the deposit back, unless it is refundable. Additionally, you may be required to pay a fee for the termination of the contract. If so, this will be written in the wedding contract you signed with the vendor. If the vendor attempts to make you pay a sum that does not appear in the contract you signed, contact your lawyer immediately.

Step 4

Sign the paperwork stating that you are terminating the wedding contract. This provides evidence that both parties have agreed to termination and will prevent legal hassles in the future.

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About the Author

Natalie Chardonnet began writing in 2006, specializing in art, history, museums and travel. In 2010, she presented a paper on those subjects at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Chardonnet has a Bachelor of Arts in art history and a minor in Italian studies from Truman State University, in addition to a certificate in French from Ifalpes University in Chambery, France.