(Closed) Negotiating contracts & Genuinely liking vendors–Does it matter?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our photobooth provided pepole with two copies (I think) but one is not specified for the B&G. If we wanted everyone’s hard copy, we would’ve had to let them know. We got all the elecronic files however on a disc post-wedding, which I preferred since I wasn’t doing a photobooth guestbook.

As for the second clause, it’s not surprising. I don’t think our vendor did it but the company my employer hired had all of the photos for public viewing on their website. Like you, I would’ve been appalled as there were quite a few inappropriate/borderline inappropriate photos.

I would talk to them and see if you can cross out the clauses prior to signing. I think for the first one, it’s doubtful but you can probably negotiate the second one. I deal with a lot of vendors at work and our legal department has crossed out clauses when it’s against our company policy.

The photobooth company I worked with was really flexible and let me swap out a lot of services for other things that were the equivalent cash value. I would talk to them first before going to someone else. It’s a competitive industry (at least in my area) so I think they should be willing to work with you.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, I’m with you. Did you clarify that the Clause 1 means you as the bride and groom do not get a copy of each photo? And I would be total stickler about the public display of pictures thing. Maybe ask if they can put a password on the pictures from your wedding and only give that to guests?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ideally, it’s best to have vendors you really like and who like you.  However, like them or not, there’s nothing wrong with clarifying a point in the contract, nor is it bad to negotiate to have a contract point altered.  How a vendor reacts to proposed changes says a lot about them.  Even if they refuse, how polite they are or if they offer to meet you half way says a lot about them.  And if they’re lovely initially and then turn ugly when you ask to negotiate, then you probably need to look further and avoid them.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I only chose vendors I genuinely liked. Too stressful otherwise.

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