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Having to cancel your wedding would definitely suck. But the bills that come afterward can suck even more.

Franca Martino was all set to walk down the aisle in September 2017. She was in love, she booked a venue and you could practically hear the wedding bells. But due to “unfortunate circumstances”, the wedding was called off. When she contacted the venue, The Manor in Kettleby, Ont., they told her that if they could not find another client to book their wedding on the same day, she would be on the hook for 45 per cent of the entire cost. That meant she would have to pay $11,000 for a party that wouldn’t even exist.

“I understand that they need to take care of their business but at the same time they have plenty of notice and it was an unfortunate circumstance,” Martino said.

For its part, the venue said that it is “confident” it will be able to re-contract the date with another patron, in which case Martino would receive a “sufficient” refund. But nothing is set in stone.

Martino is hoping her story can be a lesson for others, as the limo company, photographers, florists and more can also bill you for cancelled services. So even though no one plans a wedding with the expectation that it will end in divorce, you should always ask about cancellation fees prior to booking. After all, about 13 per cent of engagements are called off before anyone walks down the aisle.

For more information about what kinds of costs you can incur by cancelling a wedding, check out the video above.