Post # 1
I’ve been emailing with a musician for my ceremony, she’s free on our date, blah blah blah-I keep saying ” Will you send a contract” and she’s answered both times-‘I will send confirmation of deposit. Thank you”
I feel like there should be a contract-It’s only for $500 but what if she gets sick or doesn’t show up? Am I wrong? This is the last email I sent:
Thanks for writing back. I appreciate that you will send a confirmation of payment, but I would like a contract written up before we send a check. Is this something that you do?
Post # 3
Yeah, I think that’s a good response. I would feel pretty uneasy about sending the deposit without seeing a contract that has my specific date on it. If you don’t sign any kind of agreement, what’s stopping her from just taking your money without giving you any services?
Post # 4
She wrote back twice “I will send a reciept”…I mean that’s nice but what if she wins a trip to Hawaii on June 19, 2010? lol.
Post # 5
Maybe she doesn’t understand what you mean by “contract”? Like she thinks all you want is to know that she has the money/you’re paid in full, and she thinks a receipt will keep her accountable? We had the same problem with two vendors up here because they just never use contracts with their clients. I guess most of the time people are satisfied with just a verbal agreement and a receipt of the payments. Lol, not us, though!
We actually had to write up, on a piece of paper, the details of the agreement (where, when, how much, etc…) and have those vendors sign it. They both thought a receipt was enough proof that I had paid them and they would be there to do the job. I was like, “No! I want us both to be very clear about what’s going on!” Interestingly enough, we also had to do that with our landlord, so maybe it’s a regional thing… 🙂
Post # 6
I agree with Mrs. Spring. You should draw up a basic contract yourself and send it to her to sign. It doesn’t need to be complicated. Just a brief ” X services will be rendered on X date. 30 day notice on any changes or cancellation, and full refund of the deposit ammount.”
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2010 - Stage 6 Steiner Studios
I agree w/Mrs. Spring and sjbee — I’m sure if you google, you can find a basic contract template. If you feel strange sending it to her, just preface it with “we’re asking all of our vendors to sign this for confirmation of the services.” Just make it sound like you’re not singling her out (in case she wonders why you don’t trust her). Best of luck!