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

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
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Honey Beekeeper

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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 # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yeah, sign a contract first, but I dont think paying over the phone is shady–hella convenient, though

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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.

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