When hiring wedding professionals, reviewing contracts
and understanding what you are agreeing to is extremely important for you and
the vendors you will be working with.
If you do not understand something, ask. True wedding
professionals will be more than happy to explain all terminology, clauses and
any other questions you may have.
Several items should be included in all your contracts:
- The date, time & location of your wedding.
If your venue has multiple rooms, be sure to include which room your wedding
will be in.
- Total cost with a line-item breakdown of what is
included. This should cover your deposit amount including the date it was paid
and your outstanding balance with your final payment due date or payment terms
- Contact information for both you and the vendor.
Detailed list of what the vendor is providing.
- Arrival and departure times.
Other items to consider:
- Is the vendor you are planning on hiring
insured? Not all vendors are but it is required at some venues. And in general,
it’s best if all your vendors have liability insurance.
- Many contracts are completed months before the
actual service is performed so include as much detail about the services being
provided as possible but also know that changes will more than likely be made
throughout the planning process. Make sure you have documentation of all
changes that are made.
We want you to have fun planning your wedding but we also
want you to get what you think you are signing up for. That’s why reviewing
your contracts closely is crucial.