Post # 1
So, we are finally ready to bite the bullet and book our country club ceremony/reception venue. I asked the banquet manager to send me the contract, and it’s a one page fill-in-the blank form with basically just our names, contact info, date/time, estimated and guaranteed # of guests, and deposit.
I assumed we would be signing something with terms and conditions on it. I really don’t want to sign something so vague. Is this wimpy little contract normal? Am I going to look ridiculous when I tell him I want something more detailed?
My plan was to ask him if the one page form is all there is, tell him I assumed the contract would be more detailed, and offer to draft it (I work in the legal field)…is that ridiculous? I’m just worried all these things he’s promising us now, he could claim later that he never said and we’d be SOL.
Post # 2
My contract was very detailed. It stated everything we wanted such as chiavari chairs and up lighting. And it listed all of the details the venue would provide and it listed things they required frombour vendors. I would definitely ask for more details on your contract.
Post # 3
Our contract was a few pages long with various conditions we had to sign for. The more detailed the better, you should ask the manager if he would mind you adding in the other conditions you agreed to.
Post # 4
We didn’t even have a contract as we had one with the venue and the caterer partnered with them. I learned the hard way that it was a foolish way to go.
My caterer had no details figured out until a week before our wedding when it was too late to find alternatives for the broken promises she made… I found out a lot of unpleasant details at the last minute when it was too late to do anything else but pay her.
I would at least request to sit down with them and type up a page that outlines the details you want in writing and then both sign it along with the contract.
Post # 5
Does the contract have a title? We had a similar mini-contract to reserve our date, then signed a more detailed contract later, once more details had been worked out and the deposit had been paid. Could you be looking at a similar situation?
Post # 6
We had a 6 page contract which covered everything in detail… So one page is pretty light
Post # 7
My contracts with the church, caterer and venue are all one-page deals. Maybe it is different In New Zealand but to be fair, these places have events on almost every week some big and some small. If they negotiated big complex contracts for each event the only people who would win are lawyers Lol! I have brochure packages detailing what is included etc, so a lot of that I consider to be the conditions incorporated into our contract.
in fact, I have no contract with my photographer. she is just starting up and when I asked if she needed anything in writing she said no nothing else required. I have our emails though, which is “in writing”.
Kiwis are pretty laid back though, in the US I’d definately want at least a reference to all the details in a brochure which was signed.
Post # 8
It’s good that it’s not longer. If a company gives you a long contract, it’s because it’s filled with provisions that they draft in order to protect themselves, limit their liability, etc. They’re not going to voluntarily put in contractual provisions that benefit you at their expense.
One of the reasons those online terms of service everyone clicks “I accept” to are like a gazillion pages long.
Post # 9
Apparently there was another page that was missing from his initial email. It was still pretty nondescript, but I ended up crossing out parts I didnt like (additional fee for candy bar, etc.) and let it be vague. I figure, this place has 5 stars on wedding wire and if they really screwed people over, they wouldn’t be so well-liked.