Post # 17
Like PP I paid over the phone with a credit card but I had a contract that was previous emailed to me. I was able to read over the contract and ask questions before committing. Once I paid I signed a copy of the contract & emailed it back.
Post # 18
Our final payment to our venue was via credit card over the phone. It’s not that sketchy. We did have an invoice though.
Post # 19
I’ve had to make lots of deposits over the phone since I am having a destination wedding. I sign a contract and mail or fax that and give them a credit card over the phone. Your credit card statement and contract can act as a receipt and you can see what they charged you.
Post # 20
We paid by credit card over the phone since our credit card has protection and our contract was emailed to us afterwards. All of our subsequent payments will also be over the phone. As long as you use a card or account with protection fraud, you should be fine, especially since you’ve visited the venue and know they are a legitimate business.
Post # 21
Thanks for the comments, guys!
Just to clarify, I don’t have a credit card but a debit card so I’m not sure I have fraud protection/etc.
It’s not just that, though, I mean I know they are a reputable business, but I don’t see how I can pay £800 when I haven’t read any terms & conditions, have no clue about the final amount payable, and haven’t seen a contract. I literally have nothing and he wants me to pay £800 right now. I don’t even know what I’d be paying for! That’s not right, is it?
Post # 22
I don’t think the paying over the phone is problematic, but I would like to see contract before hand. Given that I am planning a wedding 7 time zones away, I might have a different perspective than normal people.
Post # 23
Yeah, sign a contract first, but I dont think paying over the phone is shady–hella convenient, though
Post # 24
This is much the same thing as everyone else has said, but our venue is very local to us and we still paid the deposit over the phone. That said, I do think it’s very sketchy that he wants you to pay without even showing you the contract.