The coronavirus outbreak is causing lots of event cancelations. Broadway, Disney and major sports leagues are forced to stop their operations and postpone/ cancel their major events. This is all being done in good spirits to stop or at least slow down the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The wedding industry is also being affected, and the wedding bookings are being canceled at a fast pace. Events with 50 or people are postponed, and aren’t coming back until the pandemic is controlled.
But what about the people who bought tickers for events? How can you get your money back if an event you bought the ticket for has been canceled due to the pandemic? Well, there are certain policies regarding refunds.
The best thing you can do is waiting. Companies are deciding their policies for refunds, and might not reply just yet if you try to contact them due to limited operations. So, it is better if you wait for some weeks. You might get an automatic refund. Keep in mind that this mostly applies to larger shows and events like Broadway, and might not apply to smaller events. You can also read an article by NYU on this topic.
But What About Weddings And Personal Celebrations
While refunds might be faster for larger events, you should not expect an automatic refund for weddings and personal celebration bookings.
For refunds in things like these, you will have to contact the venue owners and organizers to get the refund. You are better off postponing your wedding instead of canceling the booking, this will help the business owners, and you won’t have to run around to find a venue after the COVID-19 is over and people start booking venues like crazy.