Photographer wants full payment 3 weeks before?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think we had to pay ours the full balance a week ahead. If you do do that, just make sure there is something in your contract that will save you from running off with your money

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

From what I’ve seen thats not uncommon.  Most of our vendors are asking full payment 1-4 weeks prior to the wedding.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@nyan-nyan:  Yea thats pretty normal. Our photographer/videographer wanted payment in full 2 weeks before. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That was in line with how we had to pay ours.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@nyan-nyan:  I paid in full 7 weeks in advance & we both got signed copies of the contract at that point saying that I paid in full so it couldn’t be contested that I didn’t. By “we” I mean our photographer & myself. 

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Mine is due 30 days before the wedding date. Its very normal with event vendors.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@nyan-nyan:  we had to pay our photographer in full a month before the wedding. Totally normal!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

100% industry standard 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yup, all my vendors required payment in full 14 days before the wwedding.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

@nyan-nyan:  This is pretty much the industry standard and is completely normal. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@nyan-nyan:  Yes it is standard in the industry. Man photographers have been burned by couples who run out of money/overspend and then they never see the final payment after the wedding even though the photographer did the work.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

We require full payment 30 days in advance.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I require mine to pay the remaining balance 2 weeks prior to the date. Weddings are expensive, and 2 weeks allows the cheque to go through (incase it bounces), and makes it less stressful/awkward asking the bride/groom for money the day of.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

Only if you have a signed contract!!

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