The CMA has published their wedding-specific guidance on laws relating to contracts which have been, or will be, affected by COVID-19.
Contracts for weddings right up to 30th September are likely to be deemed as "frustrated", with couples entitled to a full refund unless businesses can demonstrate actual losses specifically incurred in delivering that contract. The big surprise in the guidance is that even then, those losses should be equally divided with the couple and the business.
For weddings after 30th September, if a key element such as the venue, catering or reception including entertainment can't be delivered safely and within guidance, the contract will also be deemed as frustrated. Any restricted weddings going ahead should receive a pro-rata price reduction.
Where couples choose to cancel, penalties must be fair and based on costs incurred.
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