Is this right? What did your catering/venue contract look like?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My contract was very detailed. It stated everything we wanted such as chiavari chairs and up lighting. And it listed all of the details the venue would provide and it listed things they required frombour vendors. I would definitely ask for more details on your contract. 

Post # 3
1244 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Yak:  Our contract was a few pages long with various conditions we had to sign for. The more detailed the better, you should ask the manager if he would mind you adding in the other conditions you agreed to.

Post # 4
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We didn’t even have a contract as we had one with the venue and the caterer partnered with them. I learned the hard way that it was a foolish way to go.

My caterer had no details figured out until a week before our wedding when it was too late to find alternatives for the broken promises she made… I found out a lot of unpleasant details at the last minute when it was too late to do anything else but pay her. 

I would at least request to sit down with them and type up a page that outlines the details you want in writing and then both sign it along with the contract.

Post # 5
12 posts

Does the contract have a title? We had a similar mini-contract to reserve our date, then signed a more detailed contract later, once more details had been worked out and the deposit had been paid. Could you be looking at a similar situation?

Post # 6
156 posts
Blushing bee

We had a 6 page contract which covered everything in detail… So one page is pretty light 

Post # 7
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

My contracts with the church, caterer and venue are all one-page deals. Maybe it is different In New Zealand but to be fair, these places have events on almost every week some big and some small. If they negotiated big complex contracts for each event the only people who would win are lawyers Lol! I have brochure packages detailing what is included etc, so a lot of that I consider to be the conditions incorporated into our contract. 

in fact, I have no contract with my photographer. she is just starting up and when I asked if she needed anything in writing she said no nothing else required. I have our emails though, which is “in writing”.

Kiwis are pretty laid back though, in the US I’d definately want at least a reference to all the details in a brochure which was signed. 

Post # 8
6431 posts
Bee Keeper

It’s good that it’s not longer. If a company gives you a long contract, it’s because it’s filled with provisions that they draft in order to protect themselves, limit their liability, etc. They’re not going to voluntarily put in contractual provisions that benefit you at their expense.

One of the reasons those online terms of service everyone clicks “I accept” to are like a gazillion pages long.

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