(Closed) Having things in writing?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The main thing to get from alll vendors is a contract stating exactly what is expected from each of you and what happens if either one of you cannot follow through on their half of the deal.

Post # 4
Member
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Anything you need in writing should be in your contract. When you’re ready to book, have them draw up the contract and make sure you read it carefully before you sign. If there’s anything you think was discussed that doesn’t show up in the contract, ask them to add it in before you sign. Then everything is in writing and you get exactly what  you want.

Post # 5
Hostess
3770 posts
Honey bee

Good to know…I was wondering about this same thing…

Post # 6
Member
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We just asked for a copy of the contract to review while we were making a decision about which place to use.

Post # 8
Member
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Most places will have some kind of contract. If they don’t, that’s not a good sign.  Don’t be afraid to add things to the contract. For example, if it’s an open bar, but you’re paying by consumption (as opposed to by head), then I would write into the contract that servers are not to clear half glasses until the ice has melted (this is a way that can drive up your bar tab!)

I’m planning my wedding from long distance, so I had to scan/email the contract back to them. Here’s a tip: For the final version you sign, initial each page. I think mine was 6 pages (3 page Banquet Event Order and 3 page contract). That way, when you go back to your email you will know the version you signed off on 🙂

Post # 9
Member
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Until you have given them a deposit and received a contract, you haven’t booked the venue. They can tell you that the date is or is not available, but if someone else gives them a deposit for your date, then you won’t be able to have that date. Like the other posters have stated, everything should be in the contract and if it isn’t, don’t sign it, until you come to an agreement of what you are wanting and what they are offering. Take your time reading the contract to make sure everything you want is covered.

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