Wedding Vendor/Venue Contracts: Read & Negotiate! Don't Be Duped!
Negotiate Your Wedding Contracts...
The worst mistake that brides and grooms and the hosts of their weddings make is NOT reading the fine print of their wedding vendor/venue contracts! Heck, it's been my experience that they don't read the print, let alone the small variety!
What makes brides and grooms and the hosts of their weddings so trusting? I don't know, but I do know that the worst mistake they can make is not reading or negotiating their contracts!
Vendor/Venue "Promises" Must Be Included in YOUR Contracts!
If a venue promises you a room for the bride's and groom's wedding night, or an upgrade to beef instead of chicken, or a free ice sculpture, it must be included in your contract.
These promises are just that... unless they're put in writing in the contract, which is then signed by both parties. Any changes to the contract, after the fact, must be initialed by both parties.
I've had many people email me about catering managers who made promises, did not include those promises in the contract, and then quit or lost their jobs, only to have the new catering manager NOT honor the promises that the first catering manager made.
Moral of the Story: Read your contracts before signing--and make sure all promises made by vendors/venues are included.
Be a Tough Negotiator!
Read every bit of your contracts. Don't skip anything... and the best bit of advice I can give you is to pass all contracts past your attorney before signing.
If you read something in a contract that you believe to be unfair, or not what was agreed upon, then negotiate it with the vendor/venue and come to terms! Remember that the vendor/venue works for YOU, and not the other way around.
I am constantly amazed by the email I get from prospective brides and grooms who had no idea that a contract could be changed!!! They thought they had no choice but to sign it without question.
That is the worst mistake you can make!!