Wedding Industry Law
News, information, and commentary on the law affecting wedding industry professionals. Hosted by wedding lawyer Rob.
info_outline 50. How to stop clients from stealing your event proposal 03/01/2021
50. How to stop clients from stealing your event proposal 🤷🏻♀️ Have you ever worked hours and hours on a proposal only to have the potential client shop it around for a better deal or simply take the ideas and do it themselves? Is there a legal way to protect the blood, sweat, and tears contained in your event proposal? You’re in luck, because there is. We talk all about this and more in this week’s video.
info_outline 49. What is indemnity and indemnification? 02/22/2021
49. What is indemnity and indemnification? 🤷🏻♀️ Indemnity or indemnification is a contract term in which one party agrees to be responsible for the liabilities of another. In other words, one party is agreeing to be responsible for any harms or losses that may arise from a certain scenario. But how far does this go? Can you have your client indemnify you? This week in the podcast, I try to explain all this and more without putting you to sleep!
info_outline 48. Are kickbacks in the wedding industry legal? 02/15/2021
48. Are kickbacks in the wedding industry legal? 🤷🏻♀️ Pepsi or Coke. Crunchy or soft shell taco. Reels or Tik Tok. Telling the client about commissions on vendor invoices or not. I feel like folks are all in one camp or the other. There’s no inbetween. So let’s work this out together. This week on the podcast, we unpack the legal ramifications of planners, coordinators, and consultants accepting kickbacks.
info_outline 47. Can you film in a federal park without a permit? 02/08/2021
47. Can you film in a federal park without a permit? Making videographers and filmmakers cough up money for a permit is actually unconstitutional according to a recent United States District Court opinion. This week on the podcast, we welcome Robert Corn-Revere, the attorney representing the indie filmmaker responsible for the case that brought down this law.
info_outline 46. Can you use photos of event guests to promote your business? 02/01/2021
46. Can you use photos of event guests to promote your business? After hitting it off with the couple, you sent over your contract to sign. When it comes back it’s got more red splashed on it than a GoT episode. When do you capitulate, when do you stick to your guns? When do you keep going, when do you run? In this week’s episode, we talk about considerations to make when a client wants multiple changes to your contract.
info_outline 45. Do you need a quantum meruit clause for your client contract? 01/25/2021
45. Do you need a quantum meruit clause for your client contract? 🤷🏻♀️ Quantum meruit is latin for “what one has earned.” At least that’s what wikipedia says. But it also is a way for a person who has performed work for someone to receive $$$ if there is no breach of contract claim. But will a “quantum meruit clause” help you in your client contract if the client wants to cancel, or if there is the dreaded ‘force majeure’ event? This week on the podcast we dive deep into this topic.
info_outline 44. What to do when the client marks up your contract 01/18/2021
44. What to do when the client marks up your contract 🤷🏻♀️ After hitting it off with the couple, you sent over your contract to sign. When it comes back it’s got more red splashed on it than a GoT episode. When do you capitulate, when do you stick to your guns? When do you keep going, when do you run? In this week’s episode, we talk about considerations to make when a client wants multiple changes to your contract.
info_outline 43. Cutting non-essential terms from your contract 01/10/2021
43. Cutting non-essential terms from your contract 🤷🏻♀️ Does your contract look like a scroll and read like the riot act? Last week we talked about how long your contract should be, this week on the show we’re going to address some “fluff” that may be taking up valuable space in your contract.
info_outline 42. How long should your contract be? 01/04/2021
42. How long should your contract be? 🤷🏻♀️ Essentially, a contract should contain only the amount of words necessary to maximize legal and/or business protections for the parties. But what does that mean for a wedding professional? Are we talking 50 pages? 1 page in 4 point font? In this week’s episode, we talk about considerations affecting contract length.
info_outline 41. What to know about Covid-19 for 2021 12/14/2020
41. What to know about Covid-19 for 2021 🤷🏻♀️ The first Covid-19 vaccines are currently being administered (or soon will be). But does this change the algebra for your events heading into 2021? In this week’s episode, five things to know about Covid-19 for your wedding business in 2021.
info_outline 40. Do you need a photo release in your client contract? 12/07/2020
40. Do you need a photo release in your client contract? at the wedding. Any wedding professional who intends to take photos at the event should consider a photo release in their client contract. But what all should the release cover? Find out in this week’s episode!
info_outline 38. Can your client contract require a meal? 11/23/2020
38. Can your client contract require a meal? 🤷🏻♀️ Happy Thanksgiving! Nothing says Thanksgiving like stuffing yourself full of food. But what about your client contract? Is it legal to require your client to provide you or your crew a meal? What happens if you are stuffing your face and you miss an important piece of the action? This week on the podcast, we talk about how your contract can help keep you safe and your belly full.
info_outline 37. Is it legal to use drones to photograph a wedding? 11/16/2020
37. Is it legal to use drones to photograph a wedding? 🤷🏻♀️ Are you thinking about hiring a drone operator to photograph a wedding? Are you a venue and would love aerial footage of your premises? Hold on there, Goose! There could be some legal bogies on your tail. This week in the podcast, we dig deep into the legal implications of drone use at events with The Drone Lawyer Jonathan Rupprecht.
info_outline What does the limited liability contract clause do? 11/02/2020
What does the limited liability contract clause do? 🤷🏻♀️ Do you have a limited liability clause in your client contract? Good! But what does it do? What kinds of liabilities are limited, and by how much are they limited? Answers to all this, and more, on this week’s podcast
info_outline 34. Should you mediate your disputes? 10/26/2020
34. Should you mediate your disputes? 🤷🏻♀️ Is mediation always a good idea for your wedding business? What are the advantages and disadvantages? If you’re in a Hatfield and McCoy style dispute with your client, and it’s looking like it is headed to court, check out this week’s podcast as I talk about how to know if mediation is right for you.
info_outline 33. Can you charge a rebooking fee?! 10/19/2020
33. Can you charge a rebooking fee?! 🤷🏻♀️ When the client wants to change the date around, are you allowed to charge a fee? If so, how much can you charge? What are some considerations that may be made to make sure that your rebooking fee is enforceable?
info_outline 32. How to fight chargebacks 10/12/2020
32. How to fight chargebacks In an attempt to get deposits back, some clients resort to disputing credit card charges resulting in chargebacks. This week on the podcast, we welcome online business lawyer @ninathelawyer to talk about what we can do to fight and win chargebacks.
info_outline 31. Covid-19 tax tips for your business 10/05/2020
31. Covid-19 tax tips for your business There are tax holes for everything. As the wedding and event industry struggles through Covid, it’s more important than ever to save every dime. This week on the podcast, we welcome tax lawyer Jason Wiggam to talk about covid-related tips for deductions, write-offs, PPP, and fighting the IRS.
info_outline 30. Employee or contractor- What’s the difference? 09/28/2020
30. Employee or contractor- What’s the difference? Whether your workers are employees or independent contractors not only can affect your bottom line, but may present a significant risk to your operations. This week on the podcast, we welcome business lawyer Braden Drake to talk about what makes an employee an employee and a contractor a contractor.
info_outline 29. How to keep employees from your stealing clients 09/21/2020
29. How to keep employees from your stealing clients Have you ever had an employee, a contractor, or even an intern, pull a Jerry McGuire on you?Is there any way to guard your current and prospective client lists against ambitious staff? The answer is yes! This week on the podcast we talk with Janette Levey Frisch, employment attorney, on protecting your most valuable assets- your clients and your employees.
info_outline 28. Can your contract prevent bad reviews? 09/14/2020
28. Can your contract prevent bad reviews? 🤷🏻♀️ People wanting refunds can be vicious. Some hold ‘bad reviews’ over your head like blackmail. What can you do about it? Can your contract forbid the client from giving you a bad review? This week on the podcast, we talk all about it.
info_outline 27. Three Tips for a Rock Solid Settlement Agreement 09/07/2020
27. Three Tips for a Rock Solid Settlement Agreement 🤷🏻♀️ Ever have to defend the job you did to an angry (soon-to-be-ex) client? Argue about an invoice? Refund money? FYI, there are optimal ways to resolve these types of situations so that you can walk away without staying up all night worrying about bad reviews or being sued.
info_outline 26. Three Tips for a Rock Solid Cancellation Agreement 08/31/2020
26. Three Tips for a Rock Solid Cancellation Agreement 🤷🏻♀️ Recent statistics show that over 20% of all engagements are called off.. Theoretically, that means 1 in 5 of your clients are going to approach you about cancelling their wedding. You have a cancellation agreement for them to sign, but is that going to protect you? What is a cancellation agreement good for?
info_outline 25. Four Tips for a Rock Solid Force Majeure Clause 08/24/2020
25. Four Tips for a Rock Solid Force Majeure Clause At this point, you thought you knew everything there is to know about force majeure clauses. Are you sure about that? I must say, over the last few months of representing clients, reading through court decisions from across the country, and interviewing experts, I’m improving my knowledge of this concept and how to best use it to protect wedding professionals just like you. The goal? Keeping your money! On this week’s podcast, we talk about how to make your force majeure clause rock solid!
info_outline 24. Can clients fire you for supporting Black Lives Matter? 08/17/2020
24. Can clients fire you for supporting Black Lives Matter? 🤷🏻♀️ Can a client fire you for supporting Black Lives Matter? You read that right. An Ohio wedding photographer recently found herself in this situation. After posting BLM on her Instagram, a client demanded a refund. What are the obligations of the parties in that scenario?
info_outline 23. The client signed! But do you really have a contract? 08/10/2020
23. The client signed! But do you really have a contract? Is there a particular order to forming a legally binding contract with your client? In other words, do you have a deal with a handshake, a signed contract, receipt of money, or some combination? In truth, it depends! On this week’s podcast, learn how to avoid “contract formation” problems and start your client relationships on solid footing!
info_outline 22. Avoiding Covid-19 Lawsuits 08/03/2020
22. Avoiding Covid-19 Lawsuits You better believe that Covid-19 lawsuits are on the horizon. But what are the risks to your #weddingbusiness from your clients, your employees, or even guests when someone gets infected with Covid-19 at the event? On this week’s podcast, learn some rock solid ways to reduce the chances that you’ll end up in court because of Covid-19!
info_outline 21. Making the Client Responsible for Guest Behavior 07/27/2020
21. Making the Client Responsible for Guest Behavior When is it OK to leave a client in the dust because of what a #wedding guest has done (broke your stuff or got handsy)? Is this a power that you can give yourself with your contract?