(Closed) Wedding Contracts – who signs?

posted 4 years ago in Legal
Post # 2
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I think either you or your parents could sign and it would be fine, but if you’re concerned about legal issues, it might be safer to have your parents do it just in case. It couldn’t hurt, at least!

Post # 3
2236 posts
Buzzing bee

FI’s mother is paying, but Fiance and I (mostly I) have been signing everything. This is because we trust her implicitly, and I trust him implicitly.

I know that even in the worst case scenario of us calling of the engagement, he would never stick me with the contracts.

(And it goes without saying that we trust his mother to actually pay.)

Post # 4
1506 posts
Bumble bee

We signed everything even if our parents were paying because we intended to and could pay for our entire budget on our own anyway so if our parents pulled out for whatever reason whatever. 

You signing is only an issue if your parents don’t decide to pay. It’s up to you whether you think that’s an actual risk. 

Post # 5
9443 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

My parents paid for the wedding but my husband and I signed all the contracts. I 100% trusted that my parents wouldn’t pull their financial contribution. This was just the easiest way to do it.

Post # 6
8367 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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ladyartichoke :  The purpose of signing a contract is to say that you agree to whatever the contract says. If the contract says “I agree to pay….” then whoever agrees to pay is the one who signs. If you can’t pay the bill, you should not sign the contract. Sorry to be morbid, but what if something happened to your parents before the bill is paid? If they signed the contract, the bill would be paid by their power of attorney or estate depending on circumstances. If you signed the contract, you’re on the hook for it.

What kind of contract asks about your living arrangements? That seems intrusive.

Post # 7
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

My parents signed our venue contract and decorator contract because like in your case, they wanted to pay for a good chunk of our wedding expenses and had more of the ability than we did for the type of large Indian wedding they envisioned. I signed smaller stuff like photographer, videographer, DJ invitations etc and paid those deposits myself.

PS – a caveat here though is that Fiance and I live out of state from my hometown, where the wedding will take place. So I naturally had to relegate a few things otherwise we would lose the date.

Post # 8
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We got a lot of financial assistance from my and DH’s family. We signed all of the contracts, and had our families transfer the money to us through our bank. 

Post # 9
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’ve signed every contract, but we got most of the money from our parents up front. We opened a joint bank account and deposited our parents’ contributions into it to pay for the wedding from. Win-win!

Post # 10
858 posts
Busy bee

I signed the contract. My parents footed most of the bill under one condition. They wanted us to put down the venue deposit. which was about $2K. They did that for my 2 sisters as well. They wanted us to have some skin in the game in case we cancelled the wedding.  So once we put that down and signed the contract they paid off the rest. 

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