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Website Buys & Sells Cancelled Weddings

By Kate Merrill, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) – Planning a wedding on a budget isn’t always easy. But, now couples who are willing to get married quick could land a dream wedding at a discount. The twist? The dream belongs to another bride.

In 2012, the average wedding cost $28,000 according to TheKnot.com. And when the big day is called off, couples typically lose thousands of dollars in down payments. Vendors also lose out.

“We book so far in advance that we hold a date and we lose a lot of other clients because of that date,” explains Wakefield photographer Adrienne Jeanne. She has 4 or 5 brides cancel on her every year.

Now, trying to save everyone some cash is Bridal Brokerage. The company says they are the first to ever buy and sell cancelled weddings.

“Everyone is kind of like ‘Wow! That’s crazy, I’ve never heard of that,'” says Heather Gates of Bridal Brokerage.

But she also says they’ve “gotten a lot of great feedback from brides that have registered. I think they love the idea of being able to get a really good deal.”

Spontanenous brides can now buy a wedding already planned (and cancelled) by someone else at a deep discount and be hitched in just a few short months. The couple that put down the original deposit gets some of their money back. The amount varies depending on the down payment. The venue and vendors are also ensured a wedding for the date they had been holding for the event. And if you’re shopping for a wedding, you don’t have to buy the whole package. Vendors with last minute openings are now also posting on the Bridal Brokerage website.

As a business woman and soon-to-be bride Adrienne, says the website can be peace of mind for everyone involved.

“It seems like it would take a lot of pressure off planning a wedding,” she said.

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