Q: Am I able to sell my wedding date at my venue to another couple?
I am a COVID bride and was originally going to get married on May 15 at our venue. Our venue refused to refund us, despite there being emergency proclamations. We agreed over email to reschedule to next year at the venue (but we got hitched in a small ceremony on our original date at home). Now, due to the sour negotiations and the amount of money it would cost to plan re-plan a larger wedding celebration, we just want our money back. But we already agreed over email to reschedule, and I sincerely doubt our venue would reimburse us at this point.
So, I was thinking of selling our date at a discount. We already paid our venue in full, but this way we could get most of the money back from an outside source. The venue wouldn't be down any money. I just don't know if we can do that since it's our names on the contract (and the venue owners don't like us much due to the sour negotiations).
A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. It could depend on the terms of the contract, and whether it contains restrictions on assignability. In terms of textbook law, what you describe is considered an assignment of a contract. You want someone else to step into your shoes, assuming your rights and duties. You could propose this to the venue managers. This is merely the textbook operation of general legal principles - you could discuss with a Washington attorney for a more meaningful analysis under state law. Good luck
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