(Closed) Question for Brides who have already booked photography

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I had to pay my contract in full before the wedding.  I think that it doesn’t really matter either way as long as you have a written contract describing the terms of the contract so you have basis for taking them to court for non payment.

Post # 4
Member
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

My balance is due 2 weeks before my wedding.

Post # 5
Member
6598 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I pay 40% deposit, 40% a week before the wedding and 20% at pick-up of the disc!

I actually really like this set-up – I think it benefits both me and the photographer!

Do you think she would go for this kind of structure? 

Post # 7
Member
2058 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had to pay 50% when we signed the contract and then the remainder is due 1 week before the wedding. 

Like @MrsSaltWaterTaffy: said I would create a written contract for the balance that your client is requesting to pay, since its after her wedding and/or event date.  Have you been communicating via email?  I would def. keep all of the written correspondences.

Post # 8
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

But I was saying that with the other way around, the bride would be the one who has to hire the lawyer if her photographer doesn’t give her the pictures in the end.  So it has the potential to hurt either of them.

Post # 10
Member
2058 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@maureen9004: got it, I didn’t comprehend that you were in a completely different state Undecided  And what about the option that @FMM: mentions!?!?!?

Post # 11
Member
1391 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think you should just tell her to man up and stick with your orignal terms. Something probably could have been worked out if she asked a little earlier. She should have to pay the full amount like agreed upon and sign the contract (the one where if you don’t give her the pictures she is reimbursed) and that’s that.

 

Post # 13
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yeah, I don’t really like that she changed the terms on you so soon.  Has she not paid you anything at all yet?

PS – Didn’t mean to offend with the other comments, I’m in a mood lately.

Post # 15
Member
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Like pps, I had to pay 50% when I signed the contract, and I owe the remainder 2 weeks before.

Post # 16
Member
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Maybe she’s afraid for the same reason you are.  If she gives you all the money and doesn’t get her pictures she’d have to sue you to get it back. 

I did a “engament like”portrait session and paid upfront.  for our wedding it’s a 1/3 at booking, 1/3 on the day of, 1/3 when we get the pics.  I personally feel nervous paying everything upfront.  A contact isn’t much comfort if somebody doesn’t show, especially when you’re talking about a wedding! 

Not that I think you would screw w/ anyone, just another point of view.  🙂

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