(Closed) Did you ask for a sample contract before signing with a venue?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
9443 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Our venue is a very popular venue so they actually had an example contact when we went to tour it. Which was helpful in making our decision.

If you’ve already decided on this venue though I don’t see the point in asking for a sample contract. Tell them you want to sign, when they send you the contract read all of it, and then if anything is out of sorts or you have questions you can address it with them.

Post # 3
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We let our venue know we wanted to go with them and she put together a contract and sent it to us via email. I then read the contract and negotiated any things that weren’t right and asked for clarification on any things I had concerns/questions about and got a revised contract. I don’t see the need for a sample contract. Nothing is set until both sides sign it, so you should be fine as long as you read it and ask any questions before signing.

Post # 4
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I asked all my vendors to send me a sample contract, once I was pretty sure I wanted to sign with them but was still deciding. I found it really helpful, but I don’t know that there’s no much difference between telling them that you’re ready to sign and asking for one.

I liked having the contract emailed to me so I could review it at home with my fiancé, rather than in front of the vendor at a meeting. I always find it awkward studiously reading all the fine print while people are staring at me. And you want to read the fine print!



Post # 5
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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camette:  We asked for a sample contract – we wanted to have an idea of hidden fees or surprises and talk about whether or not our needs could be met and requested changes made BEFORE we got too attached to the space. I’m really glad we did it this way, there were a couple of things in the contract that really needed to be changed that I probably would have waffled on had I already emotionally commited to the space. As it was, they were motivated to work with us since we were willing to walk away. Overall I found it helpful, but I think it’s fine either way you want to do it.

Post # 6
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

We didn’t think to ask for one when we looking at our venue, and they didn’t take time to put it together either. We just set an appointment to meet with the owner, she gave us a second tour of the venue, and then she went through the contract, page by page and detail by detail answering any questions that we had. So we didn’t feel the need to have a copy beforehand, but we felt very secure in signing the contract because they went through everything with us so there were no surprises. 

Post # 7
3170 posts
Sugar bee

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camette:  I didn’t ask for a sample contract, but my Fiance and I each thoroughly reviewed the one my venue put together specifically for us and added/subtracted/changed some things. IMO, reviewing a sample contract is a waste of time because you’re going to review the contract you are actually signing and make any necessary modifications prior to signing, so it’s just doing twice as much work. Just make sure to ask any salient questions, like for example the F&B minimum, at the venue visit and request price estimates for add-ons ahead of time so you’re not blindsided when you receive the contract.

Post # 8
1603 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

no, but i didn’t sign it on the spot. i reviewed it at home, and emailed them back and forth to negotiate certain terms before signing.

Post # 9
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We asked for a sample contract from our photographer, which helped put my fiance at ease because we were spending so much on the photographer! For her and the venue, we got contracts within an hour or so of telling them that we wanted to go ahead and book. We didn’t ask for anything from the venue, just reviewed it before signing.

Post # 10
779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

All of our vendors provided a sample contract after we reached out to them for information. FH is in contract negotiations for a living, so he tore right into each one. Not sure how necessary it was! 

Post # 11
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Definitely don’t sign on the spot! Negotiation is pretty important during the contracting phase to make sure the venue doesn’t have too much of an upper hand.

I narrowed it down to two venues that I really loved and asked for both to send a contract.  That made it a lot easier for me to decide, because the former front runner had a lot of hidden fees, and when asked about it they were unwilling to budge.  The venue we chose was transparent about fees from the beginning, and their contract did not hold any surprises.  Just make sure to read the clauses thoroughly – especially the Force Majeure which speaks about “acts of god” and nautral disasters.  Make sure you’ll at least get your deposit back if the venue cancels the wedding.

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