Tying up lose ends with respective vendors before your wedding happens is something you shouldn’t take for granted. Having a contract drafted, vividly spelling out the terms of engagement and getting the documents duly signed before the due date can save you a lot of heartache. Penda Ireri is a popular wedding MC in Nairobi, he explains the important aspects of a contract between a client and the official wedding MC.
The fee has to be agreed upon on the basis of the type of event and the parties involved. The accompanying details specify the terms of payment.
The payment schedule basically describes how and when the fee is to be paid. Majority of contracts will recommend that you pay 50% upfront, with the rest of the fee falling due immediately after the event. The 50% paid upfront is usually non-refundable
Cancellation/refund policy spells out what would happen if the client suddenly loses faith in the MC or if the event fails to take place due to one reason or the other. This could also be due to unforeseen circumstances such as delays in transportation, illness or an emergency.
A refund policy also outlines the specific period over which the request for cancellation is to be received. Late cancellations often attract bigger penalties.The MC makes it sufficiently clear what percentage of the fee will be refundable to the client.
Amenities and equipment
An MC must be very particular on the kind of equipment they will be bringing on the set. Some equipment might require prior approval from relevant authorities before they can be put to use. Technical specifications are important too, the information is critical especially if damage assessment becomes necessary.
As an MC, you need to be sure how your copyrighted materials will eventually be used. If the client intends to use your material in any other publications then a prior agreement has to be in place. You can choose to go for a waiver on your copyright by asking for a fee in return.
At the end of the day, a wedding MC should not come off as demanding too much, the fee payable must be commensurate to the service rendered. The contract details must also be agreeable to both parties.