Wedding.com recommends couples check vendor contracts to prevent incident such as recent Griffins Mansions venue shut down

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Over 50 couples lose thousands of dollars when wedding venue is closed

Obtaining the perfect wedding venue often requires booking several months ahead of time, so imagine the panic of more than 50 couples after finding out their venue was shut down, some receiving notification just a week before their big day. To ensure minimal monetary losses, Wedding.com experts advise couples review all contracts, particularly refund policies, and maintain sufficient paper trails of all payments.

According to reports, Griffin Mansions, a popular wedding venue in Las Vegas, was shut down by health officials after people contracted norovirus at one of the events. In addition, authorities say the venue lacked proper licenses required for operation (http://todaynews.today.com/_news/2013/02/05/16837631-rossen-reports-brides-say-company-ruined-their-wedding-day?lite). Couples are advised to take extra steps to double check that all appropriate licenses, such as one for liquor, are in place. One couple in particular is now out $20,000 and is not being given a refund. Experts at Wedding.com suggest avoiding cash payments to all vendors in order to maintain a paper trail.

“There were hundreds of thousands of dollars lost in the Griffin Mansions fiasco. Other couples can avoid similar losses with just a couple of simple tips,” says Brett Reynolds, CEO of Wedding.com. “As with all contracts, be sure to read everything before booking a venue, especially refund policies. Feel free to ask questions. Also keep a paper trail of every payment made to vendors just in case you need to seek restitution later.”

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Wedding.com is an innovative new website that connects engaged couples planning their wedding with wedding vendors looking to grow their business. Wedding.com contacts vendors for couples, giving them the power to compare and negotiate while ultimately saving time and money. With 11,000 couples and 20,000 vendors currently using the website, 87,000 proposals have already been sent since their inception. Vendors range in services from wedding planners, photographers, florists, and DJs to custom invitations, party favors, and much more. For additional information about the company and its services, please visit http://www.wedding.com.

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