Write the Fine Print

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—by Calista Anne Koch, Macon, Georgia

When I was young, I was still learning how to handle sticky situations when it came to contracts. At the time, my contract was clear that I wouldn’t perform outside if it was raining, but I didn’t have a temperature clause. My contract also stated that if the wedding started at a certain hour, my music would begin 30 minutes prior and would end 10 minutes after the conclusion of the recessional. When a bride called asking for harp music for her late February wedding, I didn’t think anything of it; I’d eaten at the restaurant where she was getting married, and I knew they had a private event room, so having a wedding in there, overlooking the grassy knoll and river seemed like a lovely ceremony location. I didn’t ask very many questions, nor did I make any suggestions; I just sent her the contract. In Georgia, weather can be fickle.  February had just as good of a chance at being 65 degrees as it did being 32 degrees. You can have sun one week and snow flurries the next. When the week arrived for her wedding, it looked like the wedding date would be cold. I debated about the attire I should wear; I settled on a light, long sleeve dress and wore my heavy coat and gloves to keep warm while I was loading and unloading outside.

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