Become a Top Wedding Planner – Ditch Free Wedding Planner Contract “Templates”

 

In my last post I wrote about ditching “done-for-you” wedding marketing packages.

Today I’m writing about ditching contract samples and templates that you find on the Internet.

I know from experience that  many new wedding planners, looking for help with writing contracts, often turn to the Internet for templates. Cho Phillips, founder of The Wedding Planning Institute, wrote about this very thing in the February/March 2012 issue of Event Solutions magazine. She commented that in contrast to new planners, experienced professionals hire lawyers to finalize individual agreements with every client.

It is definitely easier and less expensive to use a template contract from the Internet, but it is also very dangerous.  It doesn’t take into account how you run your business or the services you are offering, nor does it take your bride’s concerns into consideration. Your contract needs to specify the services you are offering, when and where you are providing these services, and you payment terms. Your bride should know exactly what she is getting from you and how much she is paying for you services.

I know I’ve said this before, when it comes to legal agreements, don’t take a quick and inexpensive route. Invest in an attorney who can help you write a contract that protects you and your business.



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