Guest Post A wedding contract can be a life-or-death issue for many, but it’s not always a bad thing.
Wedding contracts are one of those situations that can make or break a business, and with that comes the need for an expert in contract negotiation.
And now that they’re out of the hospital, that expert is David S. Johnson, an associate professor of business at the University of Central Florida and an expert on contract negotiation and business law.
Johnson said he’s been in the business of contract negotiation for nearly 25 years, working on a variety of contracts, including wedding contracts.
But what sets him apart is his knowledge of the contract itself, his ability to work with a client’s financials, and his ability understand their goals.
In a way, Johnson’s research shows that a good contract is a great thing, Johnson said.
“A good contract provides the client with the certainty that they will be able to complete the project, to make their own plans, and to meet the financial obligations of the parties,” Johnson said, citing the example of a contract that allows a client to work from home.
Johnson’s job is to help clients make decisions based on what they want and need, whether they’re making a wedding budget, wedding planning, or any other contract situation.
“When a client is paying for services, that contract has to have some form of certainty that is based on the client’s needs and goals,” Johnson explained.
“It’s a negotiation strategy that is very specific to that contract.”
A good contract for wedding planning is one that ensures that the client has a set budget, that the wedding date is a reasonable time, that a certain number of services will be performed, and that the final price of services is reasonable.
For wedding contracts, the key is the length of the agreement, Johnson explained, which can be anywhere from one to three years.
A wedding budget usually ranges from $100,000 to $1 million.
And if a contract allows for an extra charge for extra services, it’s a good idea to include that charge in the agreement as well, Johnson advised.
Johnson also said that an agreement should include a provision that provides for payment of “reasonable expenses” for services performed.
This is something that can be difficult to negotiate for a couple who is looking to hire a wedding photographer, for example, because it is a financial contract that requires the client to provide some kind of compensation for services that they did not perform.
Johnson is the author of a book on contract negotiations called “A Guide to Contract Negotiation.”
Johnson has published dozens of research papers, books, and articles, and he said he considers himself an expert at the field.
“I am a very good negotiator,” Johnson told Business Insider.
“There are a lot of good people who work with contract negotiation, but I think it’s something that needs to be done by someone with experience.”
In addition to negotiating wedding contracts for businesses, Johnson is also working on other contracts with individuals and organizations, such as those that handle taxes and insurance payments.
“We do contract negotiation with our clients, and we’ve had to work very hard to do that,” Johnson added.
“The thing that’s so hard about it is that it’s very complex.
You’ve got a lot going on, and you’ve got to understand everything that’s going on.”
Johnson said that the biggest challenge in working on contract deals is the “risk and complexity” that comes with the process.
“You’re dealing with a lot more people than you might think,” he said.
Johnson added that there’s a lot that can go wrong when you’re negotiating a wedding, such the fact that the contract is written with the intention of getting you what you want.
“But you’re trying to do what’s best for you, for your client, and for the community,” Johnson concluded.
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