(Closed) How can I protect my money while dealing with vendors?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I paid with a credit card whenever possible. That or paypal are probably your best bet.

Post # 4
4824 posts
Honey bee

Many vendors will require cash. 

The best thing you can do is to make sure you have a clear contract that assigns responsibility to each party incase of emergencies (IE vendor is sick, goes out of business, isnt responsive)

Exactly WHAT is being done, what is being borrowed, time to be there and leave. Specifics you want to ensure. 

Also be sure there is something in the contract that allows you to seek a refund if the terms of the contract are not fulfilled.

Post # 5
1111 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@lefeymw: Ditto this.

We have paid by check for most everything so far, but our contracts are extremely specific & will (hopefully) protect us in the event of the terms of our agreement not being fulfilled.

Post # 7
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with PP that the most important things are a contract and a money trail.  Pay with a credit card where you can that protects your purchases.  ALWAYS get a receipt detailing what you paid for.  Paying with a check is good too, and write in the memo area exactly what it’s for.

Post # 8
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Credit card is the safest way. Our venue would not allow us to charge more than 10k on a credit card though and we also haggled with all of our vendors for a cash deal. I was antsy on all the cash/personal check deals, but we got something in writing from all of them that the deposit was made. I am still nervous though…

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