Protect your wedding and event planning business with four powerful contract clauses
Do you own a wedding planning site? Most wedding and event planners do. However a good website and the ability to sell your ideas is only one part, albeit a vital one, of making a career as wedding and event planners. The other is getting the contract airtight. Here are several things you need to make sure are in place to get the contract right.
Make sure you state clearly and precisely your services.
Sounds obvious, right? You’d be surprised how often it doesn’t happen. Make sure you don’t just have some simple generic description. Describe the services in detail, exactly as you offer them. Do you help with food and drink menus? Do you select the venue? Make sure everything is stated specifically so you can hold yourself to them- without being expected to provide others.
Do you care what others say?
Of course, you should. Reviews mean a big deal, especially online ones. Even small rating reductions can have large knock on effects on the revenue wedding and event planners bring in. Some people try to add a non-disparagement clause to their contracts to guard against this, although these have yet to be tested in court and are illegal in some places. In theory, it could be could leverage for getting a bad rating removed. However, is it really worth it? Try to provide an airtight service instead.
Wedding and event planners need protection against harassment.
Be it the drunk uncle or bridezilla herself, events can go south quickly and we all know it. Cooperation clauses can protect you from these unfortunate events. They basically state that it is the business of the client, their family and guests to cooperate with the wedding and event planner, and that the deposit will be forfeit if this is not met. Include something about physical and verbal abuse in this clause for best measure. Find more details here.
Control your image.
Many wedding and event planners have not idea of the avenues of litigation operating without a media and licensing clause in a contract can open up. Of course, a huge proportion of clients don’t care one whit if you use their photo on your page or as an example, but you never know. Some people are born ‘special’ in the manners department. Make it a broad clause allowing you to use it over all media, so that you also have the option to use it at a future date.
Making a success of your business is going to be about more than just the actual wedding planning site. As a successful business person, you need to know the ins and outs of what to put in contracts to best ensure that you, your business and your staff are properly protected at all times in the eyes of the law. Once these important contract provisions are in place, you can get about your business of being a wedding and event planner secure in the peace of mind a tight contract brings.
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