- 3 years ago
I’ve secured a Rabbi for our wedding and he sent the contract over. I asked him to send it to my parents, thinking they would sign it (as they are paying for this), but I found out the Rabbi only requires signatures from the bride and groom. My dad sent over a copy and…. there’s barely anything on here.
I guess because I have signed/reviewed contracts with caterers, photographers, and a DJ which are more detailed and are more of a full day service, I thought there would be more. All it is, is:
The following agreement is (actually he spelt my first name wrong here, just a typo but I don’t think it would really matter), (FI name) and Rabbi X for wedding services. The details are as follows:
Date of event: 11/04/2017
Time of event: 6:30PM
Place of event: XXXX
Fee for wedding: $XXX
Deposit required: $XXX
Balance of $XXX to be paid on or before 11/04/2017
In the unlikely event that Rabbi XXXX is not available for any reason, another officiant will be available as substitute.
(Followed by lines for the bride, groom, and Rabbi to sign and date)
I realize the contracts are for protection and clarification of services and etc for the vendor and client, and that there’s less specifically for the Rabbi to do. Also, I know he is a very kind man and is a religious figure so it’s not as if he’s going to be shady or anything. I don’t think he’d turn around and go – oh I’m going to have to charge you more because I’m traveling far.
I do know he said to us verbally that his services include something like an hour of marriage counseling. He mentioned we’d bring a kiddush cup and that at some point we will talk again about the whole run down of events. And he mentioned he would stay for part of the cocktail hour because people will often want to speak with him after the ceremony.
I guess I’m just curious to know what other bee’s experiences with Rabbis and contracts were like. Just to clarify, the ceremony is not being held in a synagogue. The Rabbi is just contracting his services on his own, no affiliation through a synangogue or other organization.