Post # 1
<p class=”MsoNormal”>Is it normal that the photographers will charge their commute time to the wedding site? The photographer I just talked to. He will charge me from the time he leaves his house to the time he arrives to the church. It would take him about 3 hours to travel both ways. In other words, I have to pay him the commute time he travels back to his home. Does anyone pay this fee?
Post # 3
Wow, I just had a msg. typed and now it is gone.
Anyway, I think it depends on the amount of time spent driving. For an example, you may not be charged if the photographer didn’t have a long way to drive – maybe less than a 30 min. commute. However, perhaps your photographer (like some others) charges outside a certain radius, or if he has to drive longer than 1 hr. one way.
I normally see a "per mile" fee, though, not a "commute time" fee.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom
i would say it’s fairly normal to pay travel fees. when i was looking at photographers located about 3.5 hours away, they quoted me on gas plus hotel for one night. is the expense outrageous? or would it equal the same cost to fill up his tank?
typically, travel does incur some type of added expense though.
Post # 5
wow, 3 hours is an excessive time for a vendor to travel, so i think it makes sense that he charges extra. i’m not sure if it makes sense to charge per hour (what if he’s stuck in traffic? why would you pay him extra for something uncontrollable like that?) but i’ve heard more of a per mile fee. i’ve had hair and make up people charge similar extra rates beyond their service fee if a venue is quite a distance from their normal area.