- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
I made a post recently about having difficulty finding an officiant I was happy with because so many of them just aren’t very responsive to my emails and that put me off.
I finally found someone who does respond promptly and answers every questions I have and I was ready to put down a deposit for his services until I read his contract. Most of it is the standard fare about paying on time and all of that, but this sentence really bothers me:
“In the event of X’s inability to perform the ceremony due to
illness or other unforeseen event, we will be notified as soon as practical and X will
provide contact information for another local officiant, and monies paid will be refunded.”
Should I be concerned about this? To me, it sounds like if he has to cancel the morning of, all he will do is give me the phone number of someone else I can call. I don’t really fancy the idea of having to call around to find another officiant the morning of the wedding when I am trying to do a million and one other things. Our venue is a bit out of the way and any officiant he would suggest would have at least a two hour drive.
I’m concerned that, should that happen, and on the chance that I could get a hold of someone willing to perform the ceremony on such short notice, that not only would it delay the entire day’s events while we wait for the new person to arrive (and who knows if he would even be prepared!), but we would probably have to pay this new person a premium, well in excess of any money that might be refunded by the original guy.
And assuming we can’t get anyone to replace him, then we can’t even go ahead with the ceremony and no mention is made of any compensation that would be paid to us for all the expenses we had paid for and then couldn’t use. If we had to cancel the ceremony, postponing it would not be an option. The only option we would have would be to fly back to Australia, not married, and then have a courthouse wedding without any of our friends or family. We would not be able to reschedule it, nor would any other vendors give us a refund.
I’d like to know if anyone else has seen anything like this in their contracts or what kind of back up plans officiants typically have.
I know the odds of him not being able to make it are slim, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. However, I’m also running out of time to book someone.