Post # 1
I just got the contract from our photog…and I just requested an amendment to the contract. Paying in full prior to does NOT sit well with me.
Maybe it’s my Chicago upbringing ( ) causing fear of being hustled! But we’re paying 50% now, I can see paying another portion (maybe 25%???) two weeks before and the balance the day of, or after services are rendered. Or I’m comfortable just paying the final 50% that day.
What was your experience??
Post # 3
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
Our final payment to our photographer is due a week before the wedding.
Post # 5
Our final payment is due two weeks before the wedding. It seems pretty standard to me.
Post # 6
i think paying in full prior 1-2 weeks prior to services is standard. that’s what my photog is doing.
Post # 7
we put $100 down and are paying the final payment a week before.
Post # 8
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 # 9
Hmmm. Thanks for the input. None of my other vendors require full payment up front. Lots will be day of….
Post # 10
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
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
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
Mine was $500 deposit and then the balance is due a month before the wedding.
Post # 14
I guess ours are the exception here. It was 50% due at booking and the remainder due upon pickup of the prints.
Post # 15
We paid $450 at booking and then the balance was due day of.
Post # 16
- 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.