Carefully planned wedding arrangements have been devastated by coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, which continues to disrupt ceremonies and receptions in Scotland and throughout the UK.
As the Scottish government eases restrictions on wedding ceremonies and receptions, however, couples may be looking forward to unrestricted gatherings, or certainly more freedoms.
So if your wedding arrangements have been affected by coronavirus, or you fear they may be, what are your refund and cancellation rights?
The Scottish government has announced their plan to gradually reduce coronavirus restrictions, as follows:
It can be confusing when restrictions change and affect wedding preparations, and although it’s hoped the vaccination programme will enable Scotland to ease its way out of lockdown as planned, these dates still cannot be fully guaranteed.
If you want to reschedule your wedding or civil ceremony in Scotland, the first step is to get in touch with the venue and any other businesses supplying the event – florists, catering, or vehicle hire, for example.
If you’re cancelling your wedding, or have already cancelled, you should check the wording of your wedding insurance policy initially, for detailed information on whether pandemics are excluded.
So what are your rights to a refund and cancellation if your wedding is impacted by Covid-19? The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued their view on refunds and cancellations:
If you believe you’re entitled to a refund on your wedding, our expert advisers at Scotland Debt Solutions can help. We’ll provide professional guidance on your refund and cancellation rights if Covid has affected, or is likely to affect your wedding.
This will enable you to act decisively and make more informed decisions when dealing with the venue and other wedding suppliers. Please get in touch to arrange a same-day consultation free-of-charge. Our specialist team works from a network of offices around Scotland.
If your wedding or event is cancelled or rescheduled due to Covid-19 restrictions, here's everything you need to know about your cancellation and refund rights.
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