Contract Mistakes New Wedding Planners Make
You’ve finally taken the plunge and decided to become a professional wedding planner. Congratulations! You’re about to embark on a very rewarding (and sometimes stressful) journey. One of the most important aspects of being a successful wedding planner is understanding and using contracts. After all, a contract is what protects you and your business in case something goes wrong.
Unfortunately, many new wedding planners make some common mistakes when it comes to their contracts. In this blog post, we’ll discuss three of the most common contract mistakes new wedding planners make and how to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Not Having a Contract at All
This is perhaps the most common mistake new wedding planners make. They think they can get by without a contract because they know the couple getting married and they trust them. Unfortunately, things can (and do) go wrong, even with people you know and trust. That’s why it’s so important to have a contract that spells out exactly what you’re responsible for and what the couple is responsible for. This way there are no surprises if something does go wrong.
Mistake #2: Not Being Specific Enough in the Contract
Another common mistake new wedding planners make is not being specific enough in their contracts. They’ll include clauses like “I will do my best” or “I will try my best.” Unfortunately, these types of clauses are too vague and can be interpreted in different ways. Instead, you want to be as specific as possible in your contract. For example, instead of saying, “I will do my best to find a venue that meets your needs,” you could say, “I will find three potential venues for you to choose from.” This way, there are no misunderstandings about what you’re responsible for.
Mistake #3: Not Having an Exit Clause in the Contract
The last common mistake new wedding planners make is not having an exit clause in their contract. An exit clause allows either party to terminate the contract under certain circumstances. For example, if the couple gets divorced or if one of them dies, you would want an exit clause that allows you to terminate the contract. Without an exit clause, you could be stuck planning a wedding that you don’t want to be planning. So be sure to include an exit clause in your contract to protect yourself and your business.
Mistakes New Wedding Planners Make Last Words
Contracts are an essential part of being a successful wedding planner. However, many new wedding planners make some common mistakes when it comes to their contracts. As a new wedding planner, you’ll likely be making a lot of contracts in the months and years to come. While there are many things to consider when drafting contracts, here are three common mistakes that we often see rookie planners make—and how you can avoid them. To help you out, we’ve partnered with Engaged Legal to provide you with an amazing Wedding & Event Planner Contract template. This document will protect both you and your clients, and can be customized to fit your specific needs. Don’t wait—download it today!