Congratulations! You popped the question (or answered it) and now your wedding planning journey begins. As you build Pinterest boards and share the happy news with friends, you’re likely setting up venue visits as well. And with venue selection comes the signing of your wedding contract. While you’re excited to book your date, learn why you should have an attorney review your wedding contract.Put the right to cancel in your own handsAs we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, guidance and circumstances are ever-changing. Social distancing and other restrictions may prevent you from having the type of gathering you’ve been around since childhood. So how do you ensure your big day is pandemic-proof?You don’t. Just like every day after saying “I do,” you can’t control how the coronavirus may impact your celebration. But, you can look out for these contract clauses to help protect your wishes and give you the option to cancel or postpone:\tForce Majeure – is a pandemic covered under a Force Majeure? An attorney can read the fine print to let you know! More venues are updating these terms to help protect themselves, but Force Majeure provisions may also protect you. If the venue is unable to host it the way you envisioned due to unforeseen circumstances, you want the ability to change plans, on your terms.\tImpracticability or Frustration of Purpose\u00a0 – having to postpone or change wedding details can be frustrating! More so, when your expectations are unmet. If your wedding contract includes a frustration of purpose clause, it may mean that a breach of contract is allowed due to the inability to “perform” or uphold an event as planned.\tWindfall – whether pandemic-related or not, you cannot be charged the full value of your wedding contract should you cancel or postpone. Additionally, a venue cannot arbitrarily charge you a penalty for cancelling your wedding just to deter you from cancelling. Have an attorney look over your contract to make sure a vendor isn’t taking advantage of you and your ability to cancel or postpone your terms.Keep your money in your pocket\u201cNon-refundable deposits\u201d are a great example of terms found in an adhesion contract. If your wedding contract includes this or language that forbids you from negotiation, walk away and down the aisle elsewhere.It’s reasonable for a venue to require money down to reserve a date; however, this doesn\u2019t mean you can\u2019t get it back. If that \u201cnon-refundable\u201d deposit isn\u2019t reasonably calculated to anticipate the vendor\u2019s damages, it could be an unenforceable provision and you may be able to get it back.When it comes to wedding contracts, it\u2019s easy to get lost in the sea of legal jargon. A relatively small amount of money spent having an experienced contract attorney review your wedding contracts prior to signing could save you thousands on the back end. So if the \u201cunthinkable\u201d happens or plans just change, often the difference between getting back that \u201cnon-refundable\u201d money and fending off unreasonable damages comes down to your understanding of the law.Before you let a vendor\/venue push you around, add a lawyer to your wedding party.A member of the firm\u2019s Litigation team, Attorney Nicholas Sandercock is well-versed in PA wedding law. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s advised countless couples dealing with postponed or cancelled events and contract challenges.