Post # 1
Just like the title says the photographer I’m interested in wants a 40% retainer fee and then the full payment 3 weeks before the wedding. Is this normal? I’m a little worried having to put down the entirety of the payment before she even shows up for the wedding…
Post # 3
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
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
@nyan-nyan: Yea thats pretty normal. Our photographer/videographer wanted payment in full 2 weeks before.
Post # 6
That was in line with how we had to pay ours.
Post # 7
@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
Mine is due 30 days before the wedding date. Its very normal with event vendors.
Post # 9
@nyan-nyan: we had to pay our photographer in full a month before the wedding. Totally normal!
Post # 11
Yup, all my vendors required payment in full 14 days before the wwedding.
Post # 12
@nyan-nyan: This is pretty much the industry standard and is completely normal.
Post # 13
@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
We require full payment 30 days in advance.
Post # 15
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
Only if you have a signed contract!!