- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
Should I move on and sign a contract with another photobooth vendor, or should I continue to negotiate the terms of their agreement?
I have LOVED all of my vendors up until this point; they are honestly some of the kindest people I’ve ever spoken to. Also, I have had no other concerns with vendor contracts. When it comes to our wedding day, does genuinely ‘liking’ your vendors really even matter? Or do you barely even interact with these people? Sometimes, I feel like I need to put my feelings aside and just sign contracts.
After researching MANY vendors, I selected a vendor to provide a photobooth for our upcoming wedding. However, when it came time to sign the contract, I read through the entire agreement and realized I am not comfortable with two of the clauses. I posted theses clauses below and will refer to them as Clauses 1 & 2.
After mentioning that I would like Clause 1 removed/edited, I was shot down. I am already paying $700 for the photobooth and this particular photobooth prides themselves on the fact that they will print unlimited copies of each photo, which I love. This way, if 17 guests squeeze into the booth, each person can walk away with a copy. However, this clause was later clarified to me: Unlimited guest prints are included in the price stated in the agreement, and are for people entering the photo booth. Therefore, the bride and groom DO NOT receive a copy. Is this standard? Every wedding I have been to that had a photobooth only gave one copy to the guests to fight over and the bride and groom were able to keep the other copy. If they are willing to print unlimited copies, why are the bride and groom excluded?
Another reason I am uncomfortable with Clause 1: I already have a guest book that I would like to use. The photobooth company’s guest book costs $95 or if I use my own, I have to pay an additional $75. I DO NOT expect their host to assist my guests in signing the guest book. I have already appointed a young cousin to encourage guests to sign the book. I am also considering posting a message near our guest book and making an announcement encouraging guests to visit the photobooth and ask for an additional copy to place in our guestbook; I plan to contact the company tonight to see if this would be feasible.
Although I have not yet requested for them to remove Clause 2, I have seen many of their advertised photo strips and many of the individuals look quite intoxicated. While I am completely comfortable with our professional photographers posting our images on their website/blog/Facebook page, I know that they will use their discretion and not post horribly embarrassing photos of us. While I do not plan on getting drunk at my own wedding reception, I do plan on drinking, having a great time, and acting silly in the photobooth (after all, isn’t that the purpose of a photobooth?). I work as a Clinical Psychologist in the community and do not want embarrassing photos of a very personal event potentially used for advertising. I cannot believe there is no choice for us to ‘opt out’ of this clause. Is this standard??? Do photographers and photobooths really OWN your photos, by default? I find it crazy that we are paying $700 to rent this booth and they are able to use our personal photos for sale, display, reproduction, or distribution. Do I have the right to request that my photos be removed from their advertising material, and if so, would they be required to comply with my request if I already signed this contract?
In the case of a client or guest providing their own scrap book, memory book or any item that requires [name of photobooth company] to print additional prints, alter our standard operating procedure or require their on site host to provide a service that was not other wise agreed upon and documented in writing in this contract, there will be an additional $75.00 charge. This charge will be required to be paid on the date of service is provided. [Name of photobooth company] reserves the right to process the customer’s credit card on file if necessary to collect payment.
Client understands and agrees that the photos taken at the event will be posted on [name of photobooth company website] for the purposes of viewing and sales and will be accessible to the public. The photos taken in the photo booth shall be the sole and exclusive property of [name of photobooth company] for sale, display, reproduction, or distribution as determined by [name of photobooth company] in its sole discretion.