(Closed) Paying a Venue Deposit Over The Phone?! Not sure, please help!!!!

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It is normal to need payment as confirmation for booking but Idk about paying over the phone. Ask if you can send a check?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would not pay over the phone. I would want a contract with details of the venue first.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would NOT pay anything over the phone. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

Fiance and I made sure to get everything in writing, just in case.  Any chance you could send the money by Paypal or something?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You should not pay anything without having a contract in-hand. Because basically you would be paying without a legally binding agreement of what was being paid for.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Check with your bank and see if they can do a transfer for you. You’ll have some documentation, and they might be able to keep your specific banking information private. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We paid over the phone with a credit card for our venue.  They then emailed a contract to us, which I signed and mailed back.  There was nothing shady about it at all and we had no issue with it.  I’d go with your gut about how you feel – if they are a venue that does weddings regularly, then I doubt it’s some sort of scam where they’re going to take your money.  

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would see a contract/t&cs first, that you have that venue on that date and the services etc that will be included in the price. Do not pay before you have all these in writing first.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just went back and looked through my email – they sent me the contract via email and once I reviewed it, I called back and paid with a credit card for the deposit.  So, I agree with the others that you definitely want to see a contract before you pay.  Once you see that in writing, I don’t see a problem with paying the deposit over the phone. 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hi there!  I am getting married out of state as well, and did my payment over the phone after I got the contract all worked out and signed by email.  I felt comfortable doing this over the phone, because the venue is a well known venue that is always booked for weddings.  So if you are dealing with a venue that is a well known and established one it shouldn’t be a big deal, but I would still check to see if you can do paypal or send a check.  My venue gave me the option to send a check if I wanted to, but with a check they will have your bank account number and all that stuff so that is a little more scary to me than my CC info that is NOT attached to my bank account.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I would ask for an emailed contract but, otherwise, paying the deposit over the phone (presumably via credit card) is fairly safe and you have Visa or Master Card’s buyer protection if they claim something wasn’t done right. Ask them to mail you a paper receipt of the charge and keep it with your other wedding paperwork along with your credit card receipt, in case there’s ever a question.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you pay by credit card I dont see how he can say he never received it. I personally would ask to pay by check.

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