Post # 1
I just gave our photography contract to my Fiance to read. He threw a fit when he saw the clause about paying 50% deposit up front, and the remaining balance is due 2 weeks prior to the wedding date. He is NOT okay with paying everything before the photographer actually shows up, shoots the wedding, and gets us a product back. I’m not sure what to do. The clause states if we do not pay the remaining 50% 2 weeks prior, then we are charged 15% interest until the balance is paid in full.
Is it common to pay 100% before the wedding? She shot our e-pics, but they were a gift to us (photog is a good friend of FI’s mom) and we haven’t gotten them back yet.
Post # 3
We paid upfront. I think it was 50% deposit and then 25%, 25% or something like that. In any case, yes it was due about two weeks prior to our wedding.
Post # 4
Hmm, I can kind of see your point. We paid 50% upfront, with the remainder due upon receipt of our photos.
Post # 5
Unfortunately, this is standard practice. They want 50% down as a good faith deposit and then they want to be paid in full two weeks prior to the event to make sure your payment clears.
Post # 6
I would be upset too. Our final payment is due when we receive our book of pictures.
Post # 7
I don’t know if it is common or not, but it is the same thing with my photographer. And she is not cheap either :- I am thinking of just asking what would happen if I were unhappy? How is that dealt with after she already has been paid for the job? I was less worried about it at the time because my first choice photographer was booked and I was getting nervous, so I just booked her, but now I do think about that and wonder. I do have some great references for mine though so I am not really THAT worried about being unhappy with them, but hey, you never know. . mistakes do happen. My friend got married and her photog lost the photos of the grooms family. They were so crushed.. Anyway, sorry for the rant. I am in the same boat.
Post # 8
Thats pretty common around here.
Post # 9
I paid/pay mine in thirds. So 1/3rd was the down payment. Another third is due a few months after we get our e-pictures back. And the final payment is due like 2 weeks before the wedding. I guess it would make me uneasy as well if I didn’t trust my photographer so much. I stalked her for like 2 years AND she is a friend/acquaintance of mine 🙂
I think all of my payments are pretty much due a few weeks before my wedding. That includes venue, DJ, and something else, cake maybe? And then the others are due the day of (bagpiper and something else). Baha, I dunno 🙂
Post # 10
@kperry3: Twin date!!
And I’m also paying in thirds, 50% down, 25% 3 months before, and last 25% two weeks before. But, he’s the best in the area and I hear great things about him from everone. I also do think it is common.
Post # 11
My balance was due 2 weeks before as well. I think its common. I think photographers know that often if they dont get paid up front, they don’t get paid at all.
Post # 12
This is very common! The 50% deposit is to hold your date, from that moment on they tell all prospective clients that your date is booked & that turns business away. Before signing, try google-ing reviews on your photographer. Its typically either 50% deposit & the rest due before the wedding OR its 1/3rd payments (1/3 deposit, 1/3 before wedding, 1/3 either before wedding or before you get prints). Every photographer is different thou.
You don’t want to deal with paying the photographer on your wedding day. Are you going to carry around that much cash? What will the photographer do with all that cash? If you pay by check, the photographer could worry it could bounce (sometimes its hard to keep track of all the checks you write out the day of the wedding). As a photographer, its best to get paid before the wedding. Plus, then we can start editing your photos right after your wedding (vs waiting for the couple to return from their honeymoon).
As a photographer, its very awkward to ask for payment at or after the wedding. One of my friends (a photographer) unfortunately had to do this once, it was very awkward to ask for payment from the bride/groom & they said they didn’t owe them anything! It was a HUGE mis-communication. They never got paid.
Post # 13
That is the standard way to do business in the photography world. If you don’t agree with that, I would suggest paying with a credit card so that you have recourse if they don’t give you the pictures or something.
One of my friends is a wedding videographer, and when she was starting out, she let people do the remaining 50% payment after the wedding. After the 5th time she had to take someone to small claims court to get the money, she decided she’d never do that again. I think the liklihood of customers bailing on paying is way higher than the liklihood of the photog not giving you the finished product!
Post # 14
Hmm, I don’t know what to do now!
She isn’t terribly well known, the only reason I heard of her is because she knows my Future Mother-In-Law. Her work isn’t spectacular, but it’s decent and she offered to do our e-pics for free and give us a discount on whatever wedding package we chose should we book her to do the wedding. It’s still a large sum of money to me ($2500 total). She has no reviews that I’ve been able to find.
I wouldn’t mind breaking it into thirds, 1/3 deposit, 1/3 prior to wedding, remaining 1/3 when I get pics or something. :/ I read on a website that one should never 100% prepay because it does not protect the consumer, only the vendor. But if it’s common practice, what’s a girl to do??
Post # 15
I would ask the photog to give you references, and then grill them. I would also ask to see entire weddings they have shot so that you can see the quality from start to finish!
Post # 16
I, too, require 50% to hold the date, and final payment 5 days before the event. I’ve never had anyone have a problem with this. The one time I gave someone a little wiggle room and told her she could pay after the wedding never gave me the payment. Of course, she didn’t get her pictures either but it was a full days work (like 9 am-11pm) with only 1/2 of my pay. And FWIW there is a clause in my contract stating that if the client is not happy I will do my best to rectify the situation including, but not limited to, a refund.
Do you not have to pay your other items before the date? My venue, coordinator, chair/linen rental place and car service requires payment 7 days before event.