As stated clearly in every invoice, all deposits paid are non-refundable. Boutiques almost never refund deposits paid. They will however grudgingly convert your deposit into store credit, which you can then use for some other bridal service you might need. However, be prepared to accept that the list price for these services may be ridiculously high. However, in a no-win situation, you are advised to take what you can get. Some clients negotiate with the boutiques for the deposit to be transferable and take it upon them to “sell” the deposit to a friend. This option is not recommended, as it is extremely difficult to find someone willing to take-over your package.
In order to lessen the blow of your lost deposit, you can try to get your new boutique of choice to absorb the deposit. Tell them that you are keen to take-up a package with them, however you are reluctant, as you have already paid a deposit to another boutique.
In the majority of cases, the new boutique will willingly absorb some, if not all, of the deposit you have already paid. This is usually done in the form of some additional services to be included in the package.
In order to ensure that you do not lose out is such a situation, it is therefore important that deposits paid should be no more than $300.