How would you interpret this in your contract?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

If you (the client) cancel the wedding, the photographer keeps all money that was paid to them (the deposit and any additional payments).

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@contractsigner:  That any money you’ve already given the photographer is forfit if you cancel the service.

 

Any amount OWING is ignored though. (ie. photographer couldn’t ask for the full payment even if you cancel 15 minutes prior to the wedding ceremony)

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It means that if you cancel before the ceremony takes place, you lose all of your money.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I interpret it as whatever you pay, whether it is deposit only or whole amount, is the photographers to keep if the ceremony is cancelled or their services are cancelled.  So if you pay the deposit and give them another $1,000 leading up to it… and the wedding is cancelled or their services are, they keep the full amount you gave them. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

They always keep your deposit in case you cancel (that goes for anything in life with a deposit, i.e. wedding dress).  I think the additional payments already paid should be refunded though.  But it’s totally up to the photographer and what policy they want to uphold.  If you think there’s a chance you may have to cancel, then I would find a more lenient photographer on that policy.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

The PP’s explained it best.

BTW – From what I’ve seen, it’s not really an uncommon thing to have in most contracts, photograhper, venue, rentals, etc.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@GeorgiaBride5:  That really would depend on the photographer and also how close to the date the client cancels. For instance, if someone cancels with me a year out I still have a great chance of rebooking that date. On the other hand I once had a couple cancel the wedding 3 weeks before the date so my contract prevents a major loss in income by stating that once we are that close to the date nothing is refundable. I always try to make it fair (if I rebook the date or they choose another date within a year I’ll honor it) but photographers are counting on that income when they reserve a date and turn down subsequent inquiries for it a year or more in advance.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mariematt Our photographer does allow cancellations prior to 30 days without penalty other than the deposity.  If it’s within that we have to pay the full balance.  I totally understand about the refund policy.  I wasn’t very clear or specific because not all photographers are the same. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

@contractsigner:  According to the contract they can only keep what has already been paid to them and you are not liable for the rest of the payments. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

and because if you paid and cancelled, that date was saved for you…that date could have been given out for another client.  They held that date for you for at least a year, they are entitiled to payment. You cancel, they lose out on another paying client. 

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you cancel your wedding for any reason, you don’t get a refund of any money paid to the photographer.

 

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If you cancel on the photography any and all money paid to the photographer is not reimbursable, they keep all money you’ve given them, deposit and any other money

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