Contracts for Wedding Planners
One of the most exciting moments as a new wedding planner, or indeed established wedding planner, is hearing that a client wishes to book you. Your marketing is working, the consultation was perfect, your proposal was spot on and now you have the booking, yay (time to dance round the room)!
But remember nothing is confirmed until that contract is signed and deposit is paid, do not, and I repeat do not, commence any work for the new clients until the contract is signed, sealed and delivered. A verbal confirmation is not enough, think back to how many verbal promises you have received over the years only to be left disappointed. Ensure you do not commence any work until you have been paid and the contract signed.
Here are 5 things your contract should include
- 1. Confirmation of your fee and payment terms. It should be crystal clear how you charge and the anticipated fee. If charging a % of their budget send a copy of said budget. Ensure they know when payments are due.
- 2. Cancellation terms for either you or the client, whatever clauses you have need to be compliant with the consumer rights law.
- 3. Responsibility of your couple for the legality of their wedding ceremony. Giving notice or attending the reading of the banns is their responsibility not yours
- 4. Information relating to privacy laws and GDPR
- 5. Exactly what is it you will be doing? Whenever I receive a complaint at the UKAWP from couples it is regarding a difference of expectations. The couple think the service includes different components to what the wedding planner is offering. Be clear and concise otherwise couples will be left disappointed with your service
The UKAWP have terms and conditions available to purchase. These have been produced by a UK specialist lawyer and are governed by UK law. It is vitally important that any contract you use protects you AND the client properly and I feel this isn’t an area you should try to DIY on.
The contract is sent to you as a word document that you can adapt to your own branding. There are key aspects of the contract that you are able to edit and include specific information relating to the wedding.
How to purchase
The contract is £150+vat for members and students of the UKAWP and £190+vat for everyone else.
You can purchase by heading to our business tools page
*If you have purchased our previous contract after November 2017 you are entitled to a replacement free copy. If you purchase the contract between August 2014 – November 2017 you are entitled to a 50% discount.
* Please email firstname.lastname@example.org proof of purchase and she will advise how to pay and subsequently send the contract to you