If the Client decides to cancel their wedding due to coronavirus restrictions and do not reschedule they may not be entitled to a partial refund, according to the CMA statement (linked below). However, as a gesture of good will from Emily, The Client may use existing monies paid towards a portrait photoshoot within six months of the original wedding date. Please note the deposit is non-refundable, as it cover services already rendered e.g. administrative fees, legal fees, my time and covers loss of business.
Many Clients will not be entitled to a refund due to the original contract not being "frustrated". In all of my contracts I agree to capture your wedding day, and I do not specify or agree to any particular type of wedding or the amount of guests present, as this is the Client's personal preference. This means that if you need to change your guest list or get married at a new venue because of restrictions, this does not change the original agreement we made. I will still be able to photograph your wedding - as your legal ceremony and a smaller version of your reception can still take place.
Furthermore if a Client preemptively decides to postpone or cancel because they "think" or "believe" that it won't be able to happen, this would be treated as an ordinary cancellation or postponement. Unfortunately we must work from official and recent guidance from the government, no matter how much we believe the wedding will be effected.
As such, it is very likely that no refunds are available under these circumstances. You should refer to my original cancellation clause under these circumstances:
“To receive a partial refund in the event of cancellation, Emily Edgar must be notified 60 days before the wedding day; if not, Emily Edgar will get to keep everything that has been paid for up until that point. Emily Edgar also has 90 days to refund the money upon receiving notification that the wedding was cancelled. Please note that deposits are non-refundable as per our agreement.”
In the unlikely event that all weddings are banned altogether and suddenly due to restrictions, Emily will refer to the latest guidelines from the UK government and will confirm our options at that time. It is only under this circumstance that you may receive a partial refund. For this reason, Emily does not ask for the remaining amount until 4 weeks prior to the wedding. Weddings in 2020 will be asked for the remaining amount 1 week prior to the wedding, due to the recent rise in cases currently.
Overall, Emily suggests you consider a "micro-wedding"/ Elopement OR reschedule if restrictions are preventing you to create your dream wedding. Emily cannot be held liable to services not rendered.
Portraits and other sessions:
Any Client who does not cancel or reschedule within 24 hours of session will forfeit the non-refundable deposit and all monies paid up until that point. If the Client does not attend on the day ("no show") the Photographer will keep and if applicable, request all monies due. This is due to loss of business.