My FI and I have been emailing and talking on the phone with the leader of a string quartet for almost two months now. He keeps assuring us that he has committed his group to play and that he will email us the contract "tonight." He's been saying this for over six weeks. When I ask him if he's still planning to play and when he is going to send us the contract, he gives excuses, including "my wife is in the hospital," "I've been busy with a 9/11 concert series," and "my son is in town from Europe." But then he still never sends the contract.
I'm really nervous that he won't show at our wedding because he's been completely unreliable about even emailing us the contract. It's been almost two months of trying to confirm with a contract, and at this point (only one month away from our wedding) I just want to use another vendor, even though we would have to pay a little more. We haven't signed a contract or given him a deposit, but I'm afraid to cancel in case he says we're breaking a contract by backing out now. I'd really rather not get sued in small claims court or something. Have any of you experienced this? Any advice?