Post # 1
Our videographer wants 70% of the total, and the photographer wants 50% of the total as deposits. That seems really steep, especially since other vendors asked for 1/3.
Is that normal for those two types of vendors? If not, what do you suggest? I would like to hire them, but I am just concerned…
Post # 3
My photog also asked for 50% of the total cost. It seemed a bit high, especially since most other photogs I looked at only required $1500 as a deposit. I mean, I guess if you’re sure that you love them and won’t be changing your mind, then it doesn’t really matter. And your wedding isn’t soooo far away, so it’s less likely that you’ll be changing your mind (I would think).
Post # 4
We don’t have a videographer.
Our photog also requested a 50% deposit. Since it was our 3rd vendor (we had already paid our deposits for the venue and band) we were cool with it and it wasn’t a shock. Our shock was the Venue deposit…..
I think you are cool with 50% thats the norm – well with all the vendors we are working with thats their norm
Post # 5
So far, ours have been much less, except for the venue. We put 2/3 down on that one, but we had to have it.
I think it varies by venue, where you are located, and time of year.
Post # 6
Mine have been fairly reasonable thus far, and two are getting mailed out tomorrow!
Post # 7
The 50% for the photographer sounds normal, but 70% for the videographer definitely sounds out of the ordinary (though I don’t have a videographer). Maybe you can contact a couple other videographers just to ask how much their deposits are and negotiate accordingly?
Post # 8
@bmore – yeah I emailed another videogrpaher…
It just seems that they make sure they have peace of mind, but I don’t get to!
Post # 9
Yeah, that’s definitely why it seems questionable. 50% should be more than enough for both of you to have peace of mind, since other vendors seem to be comfortable even with 30%.
Post # 10
Yikes! Everyone so far has been asking for about 20-30% down. I thought that was a lot lol, and no one takes credit cards either. I guess that a good thing?!
Post # 11
I’ve been seeing a lot of 50% (my venue, photographer, etc). 70% sounds high…
Post # 12
My photog wanted a $300 deposit, 1/2 balance due 30 days before wedding, and the other 1/2 due within 60 days after the wedding.
I haven’t book a videographer yet.
Post # 13
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
70% sounds really high! I’ve heard of 50% (our DJ asked for 50%), but I think anything more than that is a little much!
Post # 14
My band wanted a $200 deposit (only %10), my venue a $750 deposit. I don’t think a deposit should be over %50.
Post # 15
Our DJ asked for 50% but other than that, many have only been $100 or $200 (except for the venue). If they are a reputable company, I would probably just pay it since you’re close to your wedding date. We put down $1000 on our reception venue 2 years ago and they went bankrupt and we lost the deposit. But your wedding date is super close so I think it’s unlikely that would happen.
I bet they’ve been burned in the past by people backing out of their contracts.
Post # 16
70% seems a little high.
We paid about 20% for our venue and 50% for photographer and DJ