(Closed) HELP! getting vendor deposit back???

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1405 posts
Bumble bee

@clekitch: Shame on the photographer for not being proactive regarding the contract.  However, I would give them some benefit of the doubt.  They probably have a million things going on and felt you were serious about booking her by giving her a deposit.  A deposit typically only holds your date and maybe that was the important thing to get out of the way.  Perhaps she felt the formality of the contract would come once you had a chance to sit down again and that has not happened yet.  How long has it been?  Have you tried to contract them?  If you do and have gotten no response, then and only then perhaps there is reason for concern.

Post # 5
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107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Depending on your state, the oral contract may be binding. Did she tell you the terms of the deposit when you placed it or was it just “This is a deposit to hold the date, etc?” Either way, I agree with USER876 to probably just give her the benefit of the doubt. You’re WAY ahead of your wedding date, so you are probably not a high priority when there are other, more looming weddings for her to worry about.

Post # 6
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107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Depending on how long it’s been, I would also recommend trying to contact her one last time saying you feel uncomfortable not having signed a contract, and saying that you don’t want to have to go to your state’s bureau of consumer protection with this issue. Almost every state’s attorney general’s office has a “bureau of consumer protection” or something like that that will investigate consumer complaints. If you google “Mystate attorney general” you’ll probably be able to find it. 

Post # 7
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1405 posts
Bumble bee

@greenmachine838: Eh, don’t bring these agency’s into the conversation until you really need to.

Step one…reach out to her regarding your contract and final package, see if you get a response

Step two…if step one fails and you want out, kindly ask for your deposit back

Step three…investigate your rights regarding the deposit and then follow up with whatever means are necessary to get it back (if you are entitled to it).

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