As you journey down the wedding planning path, there will be a lot of wedding contracts that you’ll be given. These are very, very important to fully read before signing.
In our world today, we “agree” to Terms & Conditions all day long usually without really reading them. ITunes is a great example here. I know must of us scroll to the bottom, click the “agree” box and go on with our world. It can say that they legally own everything we have in our home and we just blindly agreed to it. We hope that it doesn’t say that, but who knows?
When it comes to your contracts with your vendors and venue, it is a different story.
You should ALWAYS read the contracts that you are agreeing to. In some cases (like iTunes) it gets overlooked because of how long and daunting it is, but please, please, PLEASE read your wedding vendors contracts.
I’m not saying that they would try to include something in there (like owning all of your belongings by signing) BUT it’s good to know exactly what you are agreeing to and what they expect from you. It will take approximately 10 minutes to thoroughly read their agreement and in the end, it will be worth it.
And don’t be afraid to ask questions.
If you read over the agreement and don’t understand something, there is nothing wrong with asking them to clarify it further for you. If they tell you “Oh, don’t worry about that” – don’t believe them. Kindly ask them that you’d still like to fully understand what you are agreeing to. At all times possible, get the explanations via email (or in writing somehow) just in case you’ll need to reference it down the road.
Stop signing things you don’t read!
As adults, we must be responsible for our actions. We live in a sue-crazy world where we think that being ignorant to something gives us an excuse. It doesn’t. Be educated on what you are agreeing to and you’ll gain a better knowledge and understanding of the world around you. This goes for all contracts: cell phones, gym memberships, energy suppliers… Take a few moments away from Facebook and read those terms – before iTunes starts asking for eggs and foie gras for breakfast.