Destination Wedding Contract
Destination Wedding Contract
Protecting your photography business and outlining expectations to photography clients is a critical aspect to success.
As a wedding photographer, you need legal protection whether you’re starting out, shooting for free or have been in business for years. Weddings are a once-in-a-life-time event (for most) and you should treat it with the utmost legal care.
TheLawTog®’s contracts are lawyer-drafted, photographer-approved, and used by many industry leaders for legal protection.
This destination wedding photography contract covers pertinent areas a photography business owner should have to cover themselves legally for a destination wedding.
Includes provisions such as:
- retainer with liquidated damages
- payment schedule
- late fees for late or missed payments
- pre-wedding consultation & requests
- failure to perform
- substitute photographer
- exclusive photographer & photographer team
- intellectual property & creative license
- artistic discretion
- copyright ownership
- permission to sell photos to third parties
- client usage of images
- safe working environment
- cooperation of clients and guests
- meals & breaks for photography team
- completion schedule
- album design & production
- travel and overage fees
- travel requirements (reservations, limitations, etc.)
- communication requirements during travel
- incorporation of standard price list
- venue guidelines and responsibility of client
- limit of liability
- construction & severability
- legal miscellany (attorneys fees, jurisdiction, venue, waiver, etc.)
The wedding and destination wedding contracts are similar and many provisions overlap as needed for legal protection. The destination wedding contract provides extra hands on information for communication requirements, permits, scheduling travel and more. See complete list above. The destination wedding contract does NOT include a model release.
Average cost for lawyer drafting: $1,200
This contract saves you an average of $851
A common (and GREAT) question is the differences in our wedding services contracts.
Wedding Essentials is the general wedding contract you have with clients.
Destination are full, standard weddings photographed at destination locations (not within your local area - think across or out of country).
Elopements - small scale weddings limiting number of people and activites. These won't typically include full-receptions etc.
Adventure - perfect for adventure elopements in exotic locations!
Template in .doc for easy copy-paste
Highlighted guides and notes for easy fill-in-the-blank customization
Access to TLT KNOWLEDGE BASE - explanations of key contractual provisions so you understand and can explain to your clients
#1 Download instantly via email
#2 Back-up to your digital file system for use in future
#3 Fill-in-the-blank and edit based on guides in the contract
#4 Copy/paste into any online contract signing system or CRM for use!
Why choose TheLawTog?
Headed by Rachel Brenke, TheLawTog is the only dedicated resource for photographers. With practicing lawyers, business consultants, CPA, financial planners (and more!) you’ll get information with first-hand experience to help your photography business.
Can I edit the contracts?
Yes! They come as .doc files so you can fill-in-the-blank, remove or add what you need. We provide options and headings to easily allow for editing.
Can I use these contracts if not in the US?
TheLawTog®’s contract forms are drafted on general American law-based contract principles and are applicable to many states. Due to variations in law based on location and business policies, the contracts are editable and easily adaptable. If you are a photographer outside the US, the policies may be implemented for your business, but U.S. Federal Copyright laws and other legal theories may not apply. For example, in the United States, unless otherwise contracted, the photographer retains copyright ownership of images. However, in other countries, the law may give the copyright ownership to the client and necessitate a provision for transfer.
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