Straight Talk On Weddings And The Law: Part II

August 11, 2014

By Fhara Pottinger

In my prior article on this topic, I explained why it is important to get it in writing and be specific. Recent news reports have illustrated this again.

A young couple are suing the hotel in which their wedding was held due to the behaviour of one of the other hotel guests. Their wedding was held in the hotel courtyard and the couple were assured that it was an ideal wedding location. Perhaps it was. Ordinarily.

Unfortunately, this time there was another hotel guest who decided to have a little fun during the ceremony. This hotel guest’s room overlooked the lovely courtyard where the wedding was being held. He proceeded to flash and moon the wedding crowd. While the hotel guest waggled his personal business at the crowd in the courtyard, the bride and groom were horrified and requested that the hotel do something about this guest and his behaviour. However, there was little that the hotel could do. The guest was in his own room, which he had properly rented. The couple have since sued the hotel claiming negligence and damages for emotional distress.

Whether the couple will be successful in their lawsuit has yet to be determined. However, this is one “flashy” example of why it is important to get a contract with your wedding vendor, especially with the venue, that clearly sets out your expectations – including “no flashers allowed”.

Weilers wishes everyone a joyful wedding season. We have spent over 65 years helping couples plan their futures.