Post # 1
Hey Bees! So here is the situation….the DJ we are going to use for our wedding only DJ’s “part-time.” He comes highly recommended from a few different sources, and he is good friends with the owner of our venue (which I like because they have worked together many times before). Also, the other big bonus – he is ~$300 cheaper than any other DJ’s.
However, when we met with him last week, I said “Great! We like you, so just send us a contract and we’ll send you a deposit.” He said that he does not have an “official” contract and the emails back and forth (i.e. “We want you as our DJ for June 2” and “OK, sounds good”) will serve as our contract.
Soooo….I am not so comfortable with sending someone a deposit without a contract. I was thinking about finding a generic DJ contract online, editing it for our wedding, and sending it to him with an email saying something to the effect of “I’m not super comfortable sending you money without a contract. I have attached a contract I found online and edited for our wedding. How about we both sign this and move forward.”
What do you guys think? Too “Type-A”? Is there a better way to word the email? I don’t want to be a control freak, but on the same hand, momma didn’t raise an idiot….
Post # 3
We had a contract for our DJ. I wouldn’t feel comfortable without one
Post # 4
I would maybe tell him exactly what you said on here..that he comes highly recommended from multiple sources and you love that he has worked with your venue, but that you would be more comfortable including some type of contract into the deal. Tell him you’ve just heard too many horror stories of vendors falling through, and that you think it would be a smart choice on both of your ends. I think it can be something very simple, wedding date, times he is to be there, price. If you’re not asking anything crazy, I don’t think there is any reason he shouldn’t sign it, and I definately don’t think you’re being crazy. You put a lot of money and effort into planning your day and it never hurts to have some ease of mind if something should go wrong!
Post # 5
Wanting a contract is not bridezilla-like at all, it’s simply smart!
I do think that “How about we both sign this and move forward” sounds a bit pushy, though. Maybe it will soften the message if you change it to something like “We are looking forward to working with you. If you agree to the terms, please sign the contract so that we may move forward with the deposit.”
Post # 6
Asking for a contract is just a smart business practice. It would protect both you and the DJ so he should not be offendend at all 🙂
Post # 7
Just plain smart. He needs one for his sake anyway!
Post # 8
I would buy a genaric contract type up what information you want on the contract you sign and the dj signs
Post # 9
You should find a eneric contract and add the things from the email and you both sign. Do not do business with anyone without a contract.
Post # 10
Thanks for your suggestions! I googled a generic DJ contract and will edit it and send it off to him. (BTW- when I googled, this thread came up as the 4th link….tee-hee!)
Post # 11
Definitely do the contract! I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving someone money for an “okay sounds good” either!
Post # 12
I really wouldn’t feel comfortable with any vendor without a contract. I’ve looked at some different vendors who don’t do contracts and if I go with them I will definitely be writing one up. I just feel much more secure that way. Otherwise I think I would be having all sorts of pre-wedding nightmares!