Post # 1
During my interviews with vendors, I’ve requested sample contract to look-over. Many of them in my area (Upstate New York) are hesitant to show me or send me one (either over email or in the mail). I know that they are not required to do so, but I believe it is a best practice.
I’ve requested information from various vendors in the DC-area (for legitimate reasons, we’re thinking of having the photographer/videographer from DC go to New York for the wedding). When I request information on pricing, etc. the majority of these vendors send over a sample contract along with their prices (without my request).
I’m just wondering how are fellow Bee’s experiences. Do you even ask for a sample contract before contracting their services? If you do, do vendors hand it over pretty freely?
FYI: I’m planning the wedding from a distance so I’ve been planning/speaking to vendors over the phone so it’s not like I can read the sample contract during an on-site interview.
Post # 3
I am a vendor and I can tell you if a bride requests a sample contract I will give it to her but otherwise I do not automatically send one. The reason for this is because if they are not going over it with you in person they are taking a risk that you could change something in the contract without them knowing. I am not saying you would do that but unfortunately there are people out there who would and have. You do have a right to ask for one though and if they are being reluctant I would hesitate to work with them especially because you are planning from a distance. Does this answer your question? I hope this helps you. If you have any other questions please feel free to message me and ask! Good luck!
Post # 4
Yes, that does answer the question. However, being an investigator and working in the field of law, I know that if I were to change the contract and sign it — and the vendor saw that and could prove that the contact he sent was different (via the email he initially sent) then that would constitute misrepresentation (which is FRAUD) on the part of the bride/groom.
But I do understand that thought (which is why I mentioned that I’m not able to review the contract face-to-face).
Post # 5
Yes you are right. Unfortunately I have heard of this happening to other vendors I know which is unfortunate. I hope you are able to work everything out! Happy Planning!
Post # 6
I’ve been working with vendors in the Upstate NY area and I’ve never had a problem with getting a sample contract. I don’t feel comfortable if they’re unwilling, it makes me feel as if they’re hiding something. I wouldn’t book with anyone unless I had plenty of time to read all the fine print.