posted 10 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I’m not really familiar with a lot of legal stuff, but I think you could take her to small claims court to get your money back.  However, you really should never give someone a deposit unless you are signing something, so unfortunately you might be out of luck.  You could threaten the small claims thing (after doing some research to see if this could really be a possibility) and maybe she’ll back down and return your money. 

Sorry you went through this….. even if you do never see that $300 again, at least take solace in the fact that you figured out her work wasn’t up to par BEFORE your wedding and you can still hire another better photographer, since you will always regret having bad pictures of your wedding day.  

Post # 4
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

lots of gray area here. I’m sorry you are going through this.

First I hope this is a lesson to all the ladies that if the deal sounds too good to be true, it is!!! Even when it comes from a referral. I have no doubt that this persons work is 100% crap but sometimes it’s hard to see that when the ‘it’s a good deal’ vibe is out there.

Depending on what state you are in, I believe that once she cashed that check of yours or received the cash, that became your bond for services. God, the fact that she was clearly so desperate for work, I mean, what vendor gives a ‘referral’ discount to the incoming clien!? That is at best reserved for the client that referred the work!!!! RED FLAG RED FLAG.

Check with a lawyer friend about what the state laws are. But you need to be prepared to just walk away from this minus your $300. 


Post # 5
16 posts
  • Wedding: March 2009

What a horrible story! I think mentioning "small claims court" would do a number on her. You might also want to mention "Better Business Bureau" or "Chamber of Commerce"……if she’s new and doesnt have a portfolio yet (which is what it sounds like) she probably wouldnt want her name in the mud this early. 

But also, like glittergrl said, be prepared to walk away from $300. Some people just don’t have class and there’s nothing you can do about it! Good luck with everything!

Post # 6
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I also wouldn’t be surprised if she spent the money and does have it to cough back up to you.

Like LovelyRita mentioned —- Your best bet is to let the photographer know that you will be taking the matter to your lawyer. If this hack doesn’t budge, have a legal friend write up a letter of retained services.

Post # 8
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Congratulations!  That’s so great.  Best of luck finding a new photographer.  And for future reference, the main reason to write a deposit to someone like a photographer, who has no actual investment in materials specifically for your wedding, is to reserve their time.  So unless they are tremendously in demand such that you’re afraid they will get snapped up for your date pretty quick, there’s no earthly reason to write a deposit check. 

Post # 9
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Would you mind postiner her name or company name so none of us bees fall into her trap?  🙂

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