(Closed) I'm uncomfortable with this contract… but getting desperate.

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This is pretty typical. The officiant isn’t required to find you a replacement and, if ill, might not physically be able to do that anyway so I can understand why they’re not contracted for it.

You’re also a little off-base to expect compensation to cover all those other vendors, when the officiant is one of the cheapest expenses for the whole day. Your contracts are not inter-related and your agreement with the caterer is totally separate from your agreement with the officiant (or DJ or photographer). Your photographer is likewise not expected to compensate you a portion of the florist’s bill if the photographer doesn’t show up. Your caterer will still feed your guests even if the ceremony itself doesn’t happen.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sounds typical. HOnestly, have a copy of your whole ceremony on you at your wedding. For some odd reason you have no officiant the day of, you can have a family member or friend perform the ceremony. No, it won’t be legal but you can go and get legally married the next day or something. Although not ideal, it wouldn’t be the end of the world and you could still have your wedding as planned.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I agree that is pretty typical. Are there any “agencies”? We went with an agency here in Canada, so if one gets sick, they have a network (and all are emailed schedules and they always keep one as a floater) so you know for sure your officiant is showing up!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This is really typical language for a vendor contract.

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