I'm going to start doing more catering gigs, and would like to protect myself and investment. Any other caterers willing to share the contracts they use for events. Or does anyone have any thoughts on how I should draw it up. I was considering have a "save the date" deposit, that is refundable up until X amount of days prior to he event. Then have a non refundable percentages of the total due, at various intervals leading up to the event. For example 50% will be due 60 days prior, a remaining 30% at 30 days, then the final 20% at 14 days. This gives me coverage to make purchases as needed, while giving the client chances to back out for whatever reason. These time periods and percentages are just thoughts that I had, and are definitely adjustable. Definitely would love to have some feedback, thoughts, opinions, criticism, or examples of how the veteran caterers handle things.