Most post wedding horror stories usually stem from two things. Wedding vendor contracts were nondescript or nonexistent period. Also, poor communication and lack of understanding of the goods or services that will be provided.
Contracts aren’t fun. And it’s often human nature to appreciate the value of verbal agreements and a handshake. Which I wish worked. Knowing someone who does photography, catering, etc. and assuming it’s all taken care of on a verbal agreement isn’t smart business for them. It’s certainly not a sound move on the couples’ part either.
Professional wedding vendors use wedding vendor contracts –
This states their obligations and liabilities, as well as timelines of service. It’s a point of reference. The couple agrees to it and signs it. Also, a reference of retainer collected is on there. This covers the backside of the service provider. It’s the sign of a rookie NOT to use contracts, and an uninformed customer who would agree to it.
How wedding vendor contracts protect the consumer / couple-
It’s the only legally binding written documentation you have for your investment. Emails can be used, but you won’t address everything in those emails that you would in the contract. By all means, if there are questions about the contract or if there is something it didn’t address, clear it up by email so you have that reference.
Consequences of no contract, examples –
-It’s been xx weeks, what is normal wedding photographer turnaround? Well….that should be in the contract. The answer anyone else gives you is moot if this wasn’t established between you and your photographer.
-The caterer was late or ran out of green beans. No contract terms on recourse or release of liability, no recourse on your part unless they happen to make it right. Do you want to leave these things up to chance?
You get the idea. You don’t give your money and book someone for a no do over event with no point of reference and record of payment.