Failing to book hotel costs wedding planner

Source:Global Times Published: 2014-1-26 22:43:02

A local wedding planning company has been ordered to pay a couple 22,000 yuan ($3,637) for failing to secure the hotel they wanted for their wedding reception, a district court said Sunday.

The plaintiffs, a husband and wife whom the court did not identify, sued the unnamed company for about 50,000 yuan because they weren't able to receive their friends and family at a hotel on the Bund as they had planned, according to a press release from Pudong New Area People's Court.

The couple's claim included a refund on their 2,000-yuan deposit, 28,000 yuan in compensation for the money they spent on car rental fees and other expenses for the reception, plus 20,000 yuan for emotional distress.

The couple signed a contract with the wedding planning company in February 2012 to make the arrangements for their reception at a specific hotel on January 4, 2013, the court said.

The couple testified that the company did not reply to their request in December 2012 to confirm the reception's venue.

The company argued in court that the banquet hall at the specified hotel was closed for renovations on the couple's wedding date, and it tried to negotiate with the couple to change locations, but the couple refused. The company agreed to refund the 2,000-yuan deposit, but asked the court to reject the couple's other claims.

The court ruled that the defendant violated its contract when it failed to hold the wedding reception at the agreed upon hotel. The company also cost the couple money by failing to inform them in advance that it hadn't booked the hotel.

The court supported the couple's compensation claims, but rejected its claim for emotional distress because it didn't fall into a category of behavior that legally qualified for emotional distress compensation.

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