A friend of a couple who offers to be one of their vendors for their wedding
When a couple tells me that they have a hired a friend of theirs to work on their wedding day, it makes me a little nervous. My first question is always the same: "Did you sign a contract with them?" Often the response that comes back sounds something like “Oh, well… they’re our friend so we didn’t really feel it was necessary.” Red flag.
A contract ensures that everyone is in agreement as to what the deal is. Chatting with a friend over dinner one night and mentioning that “it would be great if you were the photographer at my wedding!” is not a good enough plan. It’s important that the timing, the pricing and the details are all clearly laid out for everyone to understand. I don’t know any professional business owner who would have any problem providing a contract for someone, even their oldest friend in the world! It’s protection for both you and for them as well. A contract is the best way to prevent costly wedding day disasters and prevent any friendship-destroying arguments.
I know, I know, some of you are out there thinking “I trust this person, I don’t need a contract!” but there are countless examples out there of people who have hired their friends or acquaintances to help them out and had them disappear weeks before the wedding or bail on them for a higher paying contract. Don’t get me wrong – hiring people that you know and trust to work on your wedding can be a great idea! They know you and what you like and often will give you a great deal! Just make sure that the expectations are clearly laid out and that everyone is on the same page… with a CONTRACT!