- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
So we placed a deposit to hold the date for a wedding DJ and they sent us the contract. I didn’t think much of the fact that we weren’t able to look over the contract first before putting down money. With other vendors we were given a copy of their contracts and then we contacted them when we were ready to book. But the DJ seemed honest and we thought it would be a pretty cut-and-dry thing. Now we’re having some reservations. First of all, the contract (7 pages long) is very one-sided, which covers their butt no matter what happens, but does very little in covering ours. Here are some of the things that we are going to discuss with them before moving further with their services:
-No replacement DJ in the event that the DJ gets sick (this was a pretty common thing that other DJs provided)
-If the DJ cancels for whatever reason, THEY keep the deposit (we were like… whaaaaat?)
-Payment for the remaining balance to be received BEFORE he begins performance (our other vendors ask for payment after)
-In the event that there is some dispute and one party needs to take the other party to court, THE CLIENT (meaning us) pays for the attorney fees of BOTH parties (with all professional contracts I have dealt with in the past this clause usually states “the LOSING PARTY pays for the fees of BOTH parties”).
There were various other things that made us feel a bit wary of going into a contract with them, but these above were the biggest things that worried us. Are these clauses that are normal in a vendor contract in the wedding industry? Has anyone else encountered this?