(Closed) venue contracts…the yucky stuff.

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

This is very typical.  I write wedding and room block contracts for a living.  There is a lot of language in there because it legally needs to be stated for insurance or other reasons. 

I wouldn’t worry about it too much, but I’d be happy to take a look at the whole thing ifyou’d like 🙂

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

That statement is in every contract I’ve seen. The part you have bolded basically says the caterer is not resposible if your DJ or florist or even designer, etc. does something to ruin your wedding or gets hurt or something, which is fair. The caterer has business insurance, so if one of their employees gets hurt or something, the insurance should take care of it.

As far as being able to move your event, that is a little weird. I would ask about that, but I’m sure it has to do with unforseen events such as natural disasters.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ask your questions of the venue / caterer via email and insist on an email / paper response. Like the others indicated, much of the language is typical / required but the answers to your questions in writing could always be used to hold them to their word if anything happened and the contract could be muscontrued.

I wouldn’t stress too much about it, but I would definitely get the answers to the portions that you are very concerned about.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ask your questions of the venue / caterer via email and insist on an email / paper response. Like the others indicated, much of the language is typical / required but the answers to your questions in writing could always be used to hold them to their word if anything happened and the contract could be muscontrued.

I wouldn’t stress too much about it, but I would definitely get the answers to the portions that you are very concerned about.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My browser isn’t letting me back into my email for some reason… so…

I really wouldn’t worry about the caterer moving you part since it does not apply to your situation.  I would ask them to cross this out and see what happens. 

I get contracts back all the time where people have crossed sentences or paragraphs out that they don’t want to agree to.  We discuss it further and only both sign once we’re both happy. 

For #19 in the catering – ask for a mutual indemnification sentence to be added if your parents are still concerned with the answers they get back.  That would protect you as well.   

He is correct in that it’s very one sided, but I also don’t think either agreement is anyting to worry about too much.  As I said in an email, have the contract sender go over each section with you in a phone call where you can ask questions and they explain it in their own words.

Follow up with an email clarifying anything and you should be good to go.

🙂

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Hi kittybean

We have a hold on a date for the Arts Ballroom and just received the contract. Our concerns are pretty much identical to yours. I’m curious how negotiating the contract went and if you ran into any major difficulties. It’d be nice to know before we respond to the caterer. 

Thanks for any insight you can provide! 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@kittybean:  @KelBelle  thanks for posting this!! i am going through the same thing now!! deposit is due tomorow and my parents are freaking out the venue is not taking accountability at all even in the act of God clause we are being held accoutnable!

any advice or did you get your venue to change the wording??

especially in say an accident or negligence – i.e. their staff member drops water someone slips falls breaks something how can they not be held responsible?? then our guests sue us?

 

crazy!

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