Okay after months of searching you finally found the perfect wedding vendor, now what? Well, first things first you need to get the details of the services that will be provided by the vendor -- to you -- in a written contract. Yes - A CONTRACT IS A MUST with every wedding vendor. If a vendor suggests not having a contract RUN, run as fast as you can. They're not legit. Any respectful vendor will not have you as a client unless you sign a contract.
Make sure you cover all the necessary details in your contract. Your contracts should include:
1. Company’s name, address, and phone number
2. Bride & Grooms Name, Addresses, and phone numbers
3. Date and time of the Wedding
4. Services and/or products you will be receiving
a. With the bakery and florist make sure included in the contract is information about delivery, set-up, and repair. (Cakes can get damaged in transport)
b. Special requests should be noted somewhere on the contract. This is especially important when working with DJs, and Catering Halls.
5. Name of person(s) performing services
a. This is extremely important when dealing with larger DJ or Photography Companies
6. Products that will be delivered after the event and the timeline the products will be delivered by
a. This is especially important for videography services and photographic services.
7. Cost of Services and Deposit
a. If any of these costs are nonrefundable it should be noted.
b. Each item should be listed and the cost associated with it.
c. If receiving a package, package items should be listed in detail.
8. Payment schedule should be listed in detail, including forms of payment acceptable, and applicable penalties (for example, if a personal check is returned.)
9. Alternative service or merchandise in case of a problem.
Remember that a contract is a legal and binding agreement between you and your vendor. Therefore, be careful and read the fine print. If there is anything that is missing from the contract and you wish for it to be added, don't hesitate to speak up; it's your hard earned money. Make sure the contract has two signatures: yours and a legal representative from the vendor's organization. Don't leave without having a signed copy for yourself.
One more thing, as extra protection you could always pay for your services with a credit card. That way you have a means to dispute any erroneous charges.
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