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Is there a force majeure clause in your wedding contract?

Is there a force majeure clause in your wedding contract?

The Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge, though completely unforeseen, is the kind of misfortune every Oregon wedding venue and vendor should prepare for. They can do that with a special “force majeure” clause within their service contracts, says Christie Asselin, attorney and author behind YourWeddingLawyer.com.

Can a bad luck event be a force majeure?

The line between force majeure and bad luck circumstances can get murky, Rob Schenk, author of Wedding Industry Law says. A wedding professional should always account for probable circumstances, such as rush-hour traffic or road pile-ups, which would not be considered force majeure events.

When to provide an explanation for a force majeure event?

In addition, the affected party shall provide to the other party within seven (7) days of determining the cause of the Force Majeure Event a written explanation concerning the circumstances that caused the Force Majeure Event.

Is there a failure to comply clause in a wedding contract?

Similar to force majeure, some vendors may include a failure to comply clause that states that they’ll do their best to find a replacement, return deposits, and give as much notice as possible if they’re not able to hold up their end of the contract. This is common with photography contracts especially, as a photographer can be so hard to replace.

What does force majeure mean in a wedding contract?

“A force majeure clause protects both parties,” says Susan Moran of That’s It! Wedding Concepts in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. “If a vendor is unable to perform their service for your wedding, this clause guarantees that you’re covered and able to get equal or better service, or get your money back.”

Where can I find a force majeure clause?

The following force majeure clause from M&C’s legal expert, Jonathan T. Howe of Chicago’s Howe & Hutton firm, is relatively general and should be used as a guide. Before slipping it into your contract, be sure to obtain competent legal advice.

When to notify another party of a force majeure event?

Within 24 hours of the occurrence of a Force Majeure Event, the affected party shall notify the other party of the occurrence by sending either (i) an e-mail message, or (ii) a fax message, to the other party.

Similar to force majeure, some vendors may include a failure to comply clause that states that they’ll do their best to find a replacement, return deposits, and give as much notice as possible if they’re not able to hold up their end of the contract. This is common with photography contracts especially, as a photographer can be so hard to replace.