Post # 1
So, maybe this is only an issue for me because I am across country from my vendors, but I don’t think so. For most of the vendor contracts I’m signing, my signature is required, but not theirs. Is anyone else experiencing this? How are you handling protecting yourself? So far I’ve had this issue with ceremony site, reception site, makeup and hair artists, florists, etc.
Post # 3
I’m pretty sure a contract is not valid unless there are 2 signatures? Maybe I’m confused.
It makes sense that you would need to sign first but they should send you a copy back so its considered fully executed.
Post # 4
I think this is pretty common regardless of the location. Thinking back on what I have signed only one contract (with my wedding planner) had another signature, the rest just detailed the services I was contracting and my signature only.
I believe that as long as the other party’s information and details are present somewhere on the document then they are bound to the contract as it is presented, especially if they accept payment towards that contract.
I’m sure other law bees can fill in the details, I’m going off of pre-law contract lectures from college. 😛
Post # 5
I can’t comment on the legality of a contract with one signature, but I haven’t had problems with getting a fully executed copy when I ask. It’s true that I have had to specifically ask most of the time, but no one has had an issue with it. If they refused, I would probably not use them as a vendor anyway.
Post # 6
A couple of vendors have returned a countersigned copy to me but for the most part I just have copies of what I’ve signed. I think as long as you can show that they offered what was presented in the contract and you accepted by returning it with your signature/making a payment you should be okay. I should know more about it since my obligatory two semesters of Contracts were only a couple of years ago but apparently I didn’t retain much.
Post # 7
I wouldnt sign a contract without their signature as well. I would just say he this looks great, but if you could send it back with your signatures as well as a signed copy for my records that would be great!
Post # 8
I’d let them know that you’d like a signed copy back via fax, or if you do get to see them again, have them sign and date as well. It’s generally pretty important to have all parties’ signatures on a binding contract.
Post # 9
Hm, that never ocurred to me. Everything I signed was signed by the vendor as well. A few of them I mailed in, so they signed it later. But I made sure I got a final copy of the one with both signatures. In the end, I’m not sure if it matters… but I would keep up with it just in case something does happen!