It is so important to provide brides with a wedding contract. I would never do a wedding without one and I advise brides to only book with suppliers who provide a professional contract. The contract lays everything out for you clearly so that both parties know exactly what is expected of them, and protects both you and the bride. You can get a solicitor/ lawyer to draw up a contract like I did, however if you are not in a financial position to do that you can make your own.It can be difficult to know what to include in a wedding contract, so after 8 years of doing weddings I would like to help you all write your own.
1 – Bride’s information
It sounds like a given but it is really important to have the bride’s contact information. Get her address, email address and a phone number so that you can contact her should you need to before the wedding. It is also a good idea to email your bride a week or so before the wedding to confirm all of the details in case anything has changed.
2 – The wedding information
You will need the date and year of the wedding and the time that the wedding is taking place. Also include the location of the wedding and the location where the wedding party is getting ready so that you can calculate your timings.
3 – How many people require makeup and costings
It is important to write down how many people are having makeup so you can work out your timings. Also have all of your costings laid out clearly and easy to understand.
4 – How and when the bride pays
I always take a 50% retainer fee to book a wedding then the final 50% two weeks before the wedding. You need to decide how and when you want your bride to pay and have it clearly stated in the contract. I always recommend taking a retainer fee as holding a wedding date for up to two years and turning away other clients does cost you. Also, note the date whenever a bride has made a payment.
5 – Your terms and conditions
My terms and conditions used to be two paragraphs, but now it is a full sheet of typed A4. The more experienced you get the more you will learn the terms and conditions you require for your business. Mostly brides are wonderful, but every so often something will happen that makes you think you should add to your terms and conditions.
Here are a few points to consider, you can adapt these to suit you:
– Deposit and payment terms
– What happens if the bride fails to pay
– Can extra people add on makeup on the day
– What happens if the bride cancels
– What happens if you cancel (this is 100% a must have in your contract. Of course a pro makeup artist would never want to cancel, however you must have a backup plan for if this happen)
6 – Makeup artist and bride to sign and date the contract
Insert a clause that says by signing the contract that the bride understands and agrees to all of the terms and conditions, then both sign and date it. Have a copy for yourself to keep and a copy for the bride to keep.
I hope that this blog post about writing your wedding contract for brides has been useful. This is such an important document to have. If anything it keeps all of your wedding information in the same place. Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of the blog post, and please do ask if you have any other questions on blog writing.