Matt Chin and Dana Pidliskey are counting down to their big day in November. Although they now live in Bloomfield, New Jersey, they were planning to celebrate their wedding in her hometown of Philadelphia.
“The skybox was very industrial and lofty which was exactly what we wanted,” says Pidliskey.
They didn’t, however, count on this: their dream wedding venue closing its doors without warning.
Says Pidliskey, “The owner has completely disappeared.”
The couple’s emails and calls to Skybox event center’s owner Chris Voz went unanswered. They want to know what happened to their $3,000 deposit, so NBC reached out to Voz’s attorney.
He says Skybox was forced to close when neighbors opposed its zoning due to parking congestion. He adds, all three of the couples impacted by the venue’s closure will see a full refund.
For anyone heading down the aisle there’s an option for protecting your special day, insurance. There are several companies that offer wedding insurance policies.
For an average starting cost of $100, they cover things like:
-Non-refundable deposits due to bankrupt or no-show vendors.
-Cancellation or postponement of your wedding due to severe weather, or withdrawal due to military leave.
Wedding insurance, however, does not typically cover couples if they choose to call off their own wedding.
In all of their planning, insurance was something Dana and Matt did not have on their wedding check list. They did find a new venue, but it’s costing them.
Pidliskey says, “We’re paying roughly 8 to 10 grand more than we budgeted for.”
Wedding insurance companies suggest getting all promises from your vendors in writing, and try to use credit cards to pay, in case you need to dispute a charge. As for Dana and Matt, they did end up getting a refund, thanks to action by the Pennsylvania attorney general.