(Closed) How much do I pay?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think paying for her hotel is a wonderful idea. Maybe also have a “welcome bag” put in her hotel room with some gift certificates for meals in the area or at the hotel restaurant if there is one (for breakfasts and lunch etc). Also, a lovely hand written, and heartfelt thank you note would go a long way.

6-7 hour drive is a long way to come, and photography is time consuming and expensive, so paying for her hotels and meals is a nice way to “pay” her, when she said she would do it for free, without the whole trip and wedding costing her a fortune.

Post # 4
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@mepayne:  If you’re positive she’s doing your photos for free, I think hotel stay, plus covering the gas she’ll use driving, is a great idea!  Maybe a gift as well as a thank you.

Post # 5
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Definitely pay her mileage and for her hotel and meals (IDK if 2 nights is necessary, she’ll probably just stay the night of and head home first thing, unless she’s photog-ing the rehearsal too?).  I’d throw in something extra if she does a good job, wether it be cash or a gift card 🙂  She’s potentially saving you a TON of money!  Photography is expensive as another poster said.

Post # 6
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

At the very minimum she should not incur a single travel expense if she is doing this for you for free.  Also even if no money exchanges hands I would very highly recommend to you that you both have a contract so that your expectations are set prior to her photographing your wedding.

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