Wedding Vendors: Contracts Tips


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Dear Morgantown brides, as a wedding planner, I had review and negotiated many, many, many contracts for my couples. And still blows my mind when I see a contract with missing contact information, no details about the types of services, or no signatures at all.

How can you make sure the I's are dotted and the T's crossed before you sign anything? Your wedding vendor contracts should include these key points in the written agreement:

  • Your names and contact information (address, phone and email)
  • Your event date
  • Vendor's company name and contact information (address, phone and email)
  • Details of types of services you're engaging her/him for
  • Expenses to be covered (travel expenses, meals, accommodations, etc)
  • Total fee for services or how costs will be calculated
  • Who will fill in for he/she if for some reason they can't be there for your wedding
  • Deposit amount
  • Payments to be made, in what form, and due dates
  • Cancellation and refund policy
  • Overtime fees
  • Vendor' signatures
  • Your signatures

Contracts can be never wracking, this is where having a professional wedding planner gives you the edge.

Remember, everything should appear on paper and follow up on contract details as the wedding date nears, and ALWAYS call vendors to confirm services one to two weeks before your wedding day.

*The Morgantown Bride blog and Yohana Williams do not provide any legal advice. Please consult with a lawyer for legal advice.