(Closed) Full payment before wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

paying the final payment like a week before seems pretty standard. as long as they are a reputable studio and you have a good contract, it doesn’t bother me. but then again, i’m a lawyer. so my legal fees would be pretty low if someone screwed me 🙂 

Post # 4
532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our final payment to our photographer is due a week before the wedding.

Post # 5
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our final payment is due two weeks before the wedding. It seems pretty standard to me.

Post # 6
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i think paying in full prior 1-2 weeks prior to services is standard. that’s what my photog is doing.

Post # 7
1221 posts
Bumble bee

we put $100 down and are paying the final payment a week before.

Post # 8
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Our balance is due 1 week prior to our wedding, so as the other posters stated, I think getting paid in full prior to the event is standard with photographers. All of our other vendors have to be paid prior to the wedding too.

Post # 10
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Just to throw my two cents in… our photographer also required our final payment one week prior.  I think it’s pretty standard.

Post # 11
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Our full payment was due a week before the wedding.  The only thing we had after was the bar bill.  Fortunately, this was the one vendor who did try to hustle us (closed the bar an hour earlier than the contract, didn’t allow the band to eat even though we paid for vendor meals, and served the wrong food, and were AWFUL to deal with).  I took it to the owner who waived the bar bill. Unfortunately, our people didn’t drink much ($500).

Post # 12
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ours requires 50% to hold the date and then full two weeks in advance.  If there’s confusion regarding which package you want she’ll let a couple pay $250 to hold the date, but the full 50% must be paid at least 6 months in advance.

It all felt pretty standard.

Post # 13
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Mine was $500 deposit and then the balance is due a month before the wedding.

Post # 14
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I guess ours are the exception here.  It was 50% due at booking and the remainder due upon pickup of the prints.

Post # 15
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We paid $450 at booking and then the balance was due day of.

Post # 16
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Ours was 1/3 as a deposit, 1/3 2 weeks before, and the final 1/3 when the disk was ready. I wouldn’t be comfortable paying in full without services rendered either.

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