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Costly Mistakes to Avoid in Your Wedding Vendor Contracts with Rebecca Carter

November 7, 2023

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Today we're talking about the ins and outs of vendor contracts and costly mistakes to avoid before signing those wedding vendor contracts. This episode is going to help both couples and vendors protect themselves when entering into agreements for weddings and events.

But don't worry, I’m not going to scare you with legal jargon. Today I’ve invited an attorney to break it down with us in a way that's both informative and approachable. Whether you're curious about the intricacies of contracts, how to protect your wedding investments, or simply want to avoid any legal hiccups on your special day, this episode is a must-listen.

So grab your favorite beverage, set your speed on the treadmill, or put on your cruise control, and let's dive into the legal side of wedding planning on today’s episode of Ask the Planner.

If today is your first time visiting Verve Event Co., welcome! My name is Desirée Adams and I'm a wedding planner based in upstate NY.  Through my blog and podcast, Ask the Planner, I share all the tips and tricks I've gathered over the years to help YOU plan an unforgettable wedding. 

Costly Mistakes to Avoid in Your Wedding Vendor Contracts with Rebecca Carter: Episode 118

About Rebecca Carter, from the law firm Friedman, Framme & Thrush

Rebecca Carter graduated from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Political Science and Justice Studies. Ms. Carter received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and became a member of the Maryland Bar in 2003. Ms. Carter is also barred in the District of Columbia and Virginia. 

After a period of private practice in domestic and tax law at a boutique firm, Ms. Carter joined Friedman, Framme & Thrush in 2004. She is currently a principal at the firm and manages the Legal Shield Department. Ms. Carter is involved in overseeing the daily operations of Legal Shield, including the management of approximately 50 associate attorneys servicing Legal Shield for MD, DC, VA, RI, MA, NH & VT

Beyond the management of Legal Shield, she primarily focuses her practice on domestic/family law and gender equality, as well as consumer rights and general practice areas. 

Ms. Carter resides in Maryland with her husband, son, and daughter. When not working, you can generally find her on the sidelines of soccer, lacrosse, and competitive dance. In rare instances of time to herself, she’s on a walk with her family’s golden retriever, spending time with friends and family, or enjoying a quiet moment with a good cup of coffee.




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Costly Mistakes to Avoid in Your Wedding Vendor Contracts with Rebecca Carter: Episode 118

This episode was packed with so many excellent tips from our guest. Below are the time stamps to help you navigate the episode. 

  • Meet Rebecca Carter  [03:31]
  • Why is it important for couples to have a lawyer review their contracts? [6:47]
  • What risks do couples take when they don’t understand a contract? [8:23]
  • Do you find that couples are overlooking specific clauses? [9:58]
  • The number one thing couples and their lawyers should be looking for? [12:21]
  • What about if a vendor has to cancel a contract? [22:30]
  • Horror stories? [25:36]
  • Can you tell us more about Legal Shield? [29:43]
  • “This or That” [32:54]

Connect with Rebecca Carter

Links Mentioned in the Show



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