The Q: When I'm looking over contacts for my location, florist, caterer etc. is there anything I should be looking out for?
The A: Totally! Aside from the typical and obvious stuff like your names, the locations, items, insurance provided and start and end times for services, there are still other, less obvious details that you should be sure your contracts include, such as:
1) Illness or Cancellation policy. Most of the time we select vendors based on their individual work and who they are. Be sure that your contract has provisions for what you will do should your vendor fall ill and what your back up plan is. The same for your vendor needing to cancel.
2) Payment and Production schedule. When dealing with vendors who will still OWE you things after the wedding, like video and photography, be sure that a payment is still due upon receiving your product/ you have a deadline worked in to receive those items. For instance, you will receive proofs within 4 weeks of the wedding at which time the final payment of $600 is due.
3) Rescheduling policy. It sounds weird, but things happen and sometimes you need to reschedule. You should ask about the policy and whether or not you'll be penalized for causing them to lose the first date or if you can shift your date over without a penalty.