Well, that's not quite true. To proof that this is what we've received just a few days ago from a selling couple from Illinois that is just thinking to elop:
"We have decided to skip our wedding and elope. The stress of planning is not worth the additional money we are going to spend. We are eating the cost of our deposits. In an attempt to recoup that money, we are trying to sell our dates for these venues. Our venue is an amazing and beautiful location, and the first two deposits on the date are already paid. The above photographer is paid in full for pictures and video."
And it's not all only weddings, but e.g. a failed attempt to organize a fancy school reunion might become someone's wedding reception or a birthday party, like this one example from a Virginia seller that we received last week:
"...It's actually a failed attempt at a Ten Year High School Reunion. I was dumped with the responsibility and there simply is not enough participation to cover the costs. So far, I've paid a $3250 deposit. .."
No matter what the seller's reasons are, our registered couples get a chance to find an event of their dreams and for a fraction of the cost. Someone's canceled wedding might become a fancy birthday party for someone else or a wedding abroad opportunity for a foreign couple or a vow renewal - and that's what's already happening at our wedding brokerage.
And at a given moment if there is no canceled wedding that would suite the needs of a buying couple, than there is our growing catalog of last minute late availability discounts, where various wedding vendors advertise specific dates on discounts even over 60% and higher.
It's all about savings and great prices. Selling couples get a chance to save their deposits and cancellation fees. Buying couples get a chance to get a real bargain and wedding vendors don't loose a date that they weren't able to sell on full-price. It's a win-win for everyone.