Protect Your Wedding: Get it in Writing
by Lisa Edd, Managing Editor
We don’t have to tell you that planning a wedding is never simple. There are so many grey areas to navigate: Ecru or bright white wedding dress? Buttercream or fondant on the cake? DJ or live band for entertainment? We could go on…
That said, there is one aspect of your wedding that should be as clear as black & white: the contracts you sign.
If you learn only one thing from us about booking your location and vendors, it’s this: Get everything in writing. And once you do, make sure you understand and agree to all the terms before you sign on the dotted line. A well-written contract protects you in two critical ways:
- it locks in the pricing you have agreed on, and
- it spells out exactly what you’re purchasing, eliminating any surprise changes to fees or services.
Sure, getting a proper contract with each vendor sounds like something everyone would insist on. But because planning a wedding is such an emotional process, couples sometimes neglect this all-important step. We know you wouldn’t dream of buying a new car without a warranty, so why would you purchase wedding services—some of which cost as much or more than a car!—without equivalent protection?
We’re convinced that this advice is a potential lifesaver, because we’ve heard many a sad story from bridal couples. Click on the next pages to view two of them.