When a wedding is called off but the financial burden isn’t

SASKATOON – It’s a wedding gown that has got to go.

The reason behind why the dress is being sold is hard to ignore, after Cheyenne Suter made it very clear when she posted the ad to both the Martensville and Saskatoon Area Buy and Sell.

“We were suppose to get married Nov. 21 in Las Vegas and I guess I was lucky enough to dodge a bullet. I didn’t know I wasn’t the woman that he wanted to be with,” said Suter, who says her fiancé popped the question in April after five years of dating.

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On top of her heartache, the bride-to-be’s plans have put her out several thousand dollars with financial obligations from her wedding dress, shoes, clothes for her four children to the flights to Vegas.

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“We’re still going to go there and we’re still going to have party just so that they’re there with me and so that I feel better about this,” said Suter.

“I feel bad for all my family members who are flying into Las Vegas for their hotels and their travel, I feel terrible.”

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She now wants to sell her stunning size 12 wedding dress to recoup some of the costs.

“I want someone to buy it, it’s beautiful and I just don’t want it to go to waste.”

She also wants to turn over a new leaf and leave her betrayal behind.

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“Just seeing it hanging there every day breaks my heart,” said Suter.

Suter admits she was a little upset when she posted the online ad and didn’t need to include such personal information but she wanted brides to know the dress was new and never worn.

Experts say while situations like these aren’t frequent, they do happen.

“We probably have one to three cancellations or postponements a year,”said Melissa Murray, owner of Penny Lane Wedding Store.

A Canadian website helps couples recoup money when they decided not to walk down the aisle.

There are even entire websites dedicated to couples who would rather say “I don’t” recoup some of their financial losses like

Experts say there are also ways you can protect yourself and your pocketbook as you plan for the big day.

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“Make sure wherever you go it’s a reputable business number one and they have a valid business licenses and contracts,” said Murray.

Murray added that a couple should be aware of all policies for cancellations, returns and exchanges.

“Some places will allow in certain situations or circumstances you to be able to either recoup most of your costs or all of your costs,” according to Murray. Plus, having a good standing and open lines of communication with your vendors could help you in the long run.

“The more you show your face, the more you have that relationship chances are if something like this does happen, they may be more open to helping you either give back some of that money or helping you in any way that they can.”

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