When you make your booking – contracts and payments
Suppliers are always happy to discuss your options and how they can help with them, so if you contact me, I will give you as much information and help as possible, even if I don’t get your booking.
When you decide to make your booking, it is usual for suppliers to ask for a deposit to secure the date for you. If you don’t organise this quickly, you run the risk of losing your date. We have so many people changing their minds that we no longer hold dates for couples.
Most professional musicians are members of the Musician’s Union (MU) or the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). The MU and ISM provide contracts that many suppliers use. These organisations provide legal services (and Public Liability Insurance cover) as part of their annual fees. Your venue will require a copy of their Public Liability Insurance certificate.
Your contract will include terms and conditions, the MU and ISM ones look a little scary, so ask your musician to explain anything confusing before you sign it – sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised.
You don’t need to decide which music you want at the time of booking (unless your wedding is coming up quickly – there’s not much point deciding now (2021) if your wedding is in 2023. There will be new songs between now and then, and you will most likely change your mind!
Most musicians like to have 3-4 weeks advance notice of your chosen music, so they can thoroughly prepare.
It’s usual for invoices to be paid before your wedding. Some couples like to pay in full at the time of booking, but this is not the usual thing to do. I prefer to receive payments by Bank Transfer (BACS) because there is a clear electronic record in case of queries.