Down Payment without a Contract?

posted 2 years ago in January 2015
Post # 2
11614 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would never, ever, ever give money to any vendor without a signed contract.  You’re just asking for trouble, and could end up being out $600 if it doesn’t work out.

This doesn’t sound like a legitimate business practice to me.

Post # 3
187 posts
Blushing bee

Fireflysushi:  I would ask what the terms are for the deposit. Not knowing what the market is like in your area, it is entirely possible that they do this to weed out people who are not serious. I know of venues that do this, it is simply because their planners are too busy to meet with every one who is interested, they have a junior staff member give a tour and provide info, then after the deposit is in and the venue knows that they are serious the senior staff can meet with the couple, and put together a contract.

I see no issue with this, but the company should either have written terms for the deposit that allow for full refund should a contract not be written despite you providing a good faith effort, or they should pe willing to put something simmilar in writing via email.

I would call them and tell them you aren’t comfortable making a deposit without a contract. They should be able to offer a solution, either something in writing that states your refund terms, or providing you with a contract when the deposit is paid, even if the details are listed as TBD. If they can’t provide either then you will have to decide how much weight you put into the online reviews.

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