(Closed) Good bye, Deposit…

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Should I go to the other photographer and lose the deposit?
    Yes! Drop the photog and the deposit! It will be worth it! : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Don't do it, you're being crazy. It's $1800 you won't get back : (41 votes)
    44 %
    I've lost a deposit and I turned out ok. : (5 votes)
    5 %
    I would never lose a deposit and I think you're on crack : (16 votes)
    17 %
    You need to calm down. : (29 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    This hasn’t happened to me, but…

    I’m afraid it’s unlikely that you’ll get your deposit back. It really depends on your contract. What does the contract say about the deposit?

    Post # 4
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I switched photographers. But I was lucky and the original photographer I had booked (deposit of $900) let me use that for a photobooth ($800 value) instead. So I didn’t really lose anything… 

    But $1800 down the drain is kind of a lot! What does your fiancé think?

    Post # 6
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Stop booking things until you’ve thought about it.  You sound really impulsive.  What does your fiance think about this?

    Post # 8
    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @peachacid:  this! Slow down, do your research& discuss with your fi. I wouldn’t lose an $1800 deposit unless something major happened. 




    Post # 9
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    That happened to us but in a different context. We had a photographer we thought we loved but our engagement photos were not as good as we expected (even when we asked others for their opinions – including other photographers that are friends). We ended up breaking the contract with the first photographer and hired the second. We lost our deposit which was 50% of the package and was more than $2500 (forgot the exact amount). Darling Husband was really upset since he funded most of the wedding, but he was thrilled with the work of the second photographer. If you can afford it, you can certainly switch photographers but it’s highly unlikely you can get your deposit back, especially since they are not the ones breaking it.

    Post # 10
    2023 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Maybe youll get your deposit back… Youre more than a year out.

    Post # 11
    302 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would give it more time with the photographer you’ve already booked.  You have 1 year, 5 months until your wedding.  I would imagine your photographer is slammed right now during wedding season and probably feels like your wedding is not a huge priority at this time but will become more responsive as the date gets closer.  (I’m only saying this because my caterer and photographer are nearly impossible to get ahold of, but it is only because they have events every weekend.  My photographer even has weekdays with 2 and 3 shoots lined up.)  I think they prioritize just like anyone else, and I can’t imagine what question is so critical this far out from the actual wedding date.  But, I would also be careful about making impulsive decisions.  One of the best pieces of advice I got was to pull back a little from my nonstop wedding planning so early, so I wouldn’t start wanting to change my mind about everything (and I got engaged with exactly 6 months to plan).  Something drew you to this photographer in the first place, so I would stick with him/her for now.

    Post # 12
    5885 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @SavBride:  I agree. Take a step back. 

    But if you cant do that. Ask the first photog to give back your deposit if they can book another wedding (less $100 for their time and effort)

    Post # 13
    430 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’d make sure and do your research, you have plenty of time.  I actually had a situation where I booked a vendor (whom I did have good reveiws for) but in the end they kept changing pricing, stood me up and was horrible at responding.  Luckily I got my deposit back.  But since then I ask for previous clients that I can talk to.

    Post # 14
    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    i found most vendors make you a priority closer to the time. your photog is probably focussing on weddings coming up now, rather than one in almost 1.5 years time

    doesnt mean theyre a bad photog

    Post # 15
    551 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    my vendors are all slow to respond…. sucks, I’m hanging in there though. Will let you know in about 22 days if it all works out! 🙂

    Post # 16
    1161 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @JackiBean:  I would give it some time and sleep on it a little more. If you really feel like canceling is the best option at the end of the day, go for it. It sucks losing money, but at the same time I try to view it as “tuition.” Whenever I lose money on something impulsive I look at it as a lesson learned in my continuing “life education.” It definitely helps me get over it! Lol

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