How to Gracefully Break Up With Your Wedding Vendors

Be Honest About the Problem

Just like couples, vendors are also dealing with an entirely new and unprecedented situation which means they may be more flexible depending on your situation. The client should be upfront and honest, explaining the reason they aren't able to work with that vendor. Whether it’s because they’re no longer having a destination wedding, the dates don’t work, finances, or something entirely separate, communicating the main issue is key. “For the most part, vendors are looking at each client and their situation uniquely. After having an honest conversation, the vendor will be able to provide possible options or other vendors they'd recommend,” says Brittney Bartling, owner of BLB Events.

If your concern is their availability or their increased price for your new date, don’t be afraid to say it as they might have a solution you didn’t even know existed. “Some have associates they may bring in for your date that would make them available or less expensive,” says Jenna Culley of Jenna Culley Events. “They may also have relationships with other vendors that are a similar style or price point that they could sign your contract over to.”

But if the issue remains their availability for the new date you've chosen, Karen Norian of Simply Eloped advises couples to be transparent about why you're sticking with it versus changing the date to keep that particular vendor. “More often than not, vendors understand that couples choose their date either based on what time of the year works best for the couple and their families' schedules, or what availability their venue has left,” she says. “Simply letting your vendor know that you've appreciated all of their time and effort leading up to the postponement or cancellation and that you will recommend their business to anyone else in their circle who may be getting married can go a long way in making your vendor feel valued and respected.”

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