Post # 1
I’ve gotten the contract from my wedding planner and each of the payment plans state that the payment in full will be due within 15 days of the event. Is this normal? This is one of the first vendors that I’m booking so I don’t know if this is standard within the industry. The planner is highly reputable so I know she won’t be shirking her duties and that she will be there on the date of the event. It just seems odd to pay for services in full before they are rendered. I would expect to pay partially up front and the rest after the event. I just want to know if this should be expected. Any insight will be helpful!
Post # 3
I have hired a planner. This is what my contract says
…. Non-refundable deposit of ___ by _____. An additional _____ is due two weeks prior to your event. A final invoice will be sent after the event and will include any additional expenses that are incurred.
For what you’re asking, this is what my contract says … for that part. I left blank how much I’m paying.
Hope that helps you!
Post # 4
I am pretty sure that is normal for wedding planners. We had to pay in full by two weeks prior as well. This gives them enough time to cash your check and make sure it doesn’t bounce before your wedding and then you being away on a honeymoon.
Post # 5
About half of our vendors required the balance of the payment ten days prior to the wedding. The other half required payment that day, but also prior to the wedding. The sole exception for us was our venue – because, I assume, we had the wedding and reception at our country club, and so have a long-standing relationship (and membership contract) with them. So yes, I think it’s pretty standard.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club
All of my vendors have to be paid within 2 weeks of the event!
Post # 7
My coordinator had a similar contract.
Post # 8
My venue requires payment 30 days prior, and all but one of my vendors require payment 2 weeks prior to the date. Just make sure there is some sort of stipulation in the event that she can’t show up (family/medical emergency or something similar)– do you get your money back, does she find a replacement, do you have to find a replacement? Hope for the best but plan for the worst. It’s good to have that info in writing.
Post # 10
Thank you!!! I just wanted to get an understanding of the industry standard so I know what to expect. I figured that the payment clause was the norm as the planner we’re hiring has a lot of experience. It’s good to know that I can expect a similar clause in most of our vendor contracts.