Post # 1
Hey Bees. I’m trying to balance all of my payments for my upcoming wedding. When we asked our photographer when she wanted/needed to be paid she said ‘around the time of the wedding’ and also ‘just after is fine, I will start processing the photos once the amount has been paid.’
I was wondering if it was common to pay the photographer after the wedding but before the photographs are worked on? Did anyone else do this? If so was it a few days after or a months after or weeks (after honeymoon etc.)
Post # 2
I paid half when I booked, then the other half two weeks before the wedding (with a signed contract stating exactly what she would shoot and deliver). I think it’s standard to pay just before or the day of, at least that’s what all the photographers we talked to asked.
Post # 3
Our final payment is also due on the wedding day. I paid a deposit, but the balance is due on the day of the wedding.
Post # 5
I paid a 50% deposit and then he did our engagement pics and saved our wedding date and I have to pay the final 50% on or before the wedding day.
Post # 6
Thanks for the input, I was a bit suprised when she said clients often pay her after the wedding (our deposit has been paid for almost a year.) I was wondering what the norm was – all our other vendors want a final payment 2 weeks or more before the day.
Post # 7
I require a 25% deposit with final payment the day of. Some brides like a payment plan, so (if they contact us in time) they usually can make payments to us over 6 months or so before the wedding.
Most photographers I know require all payment before photos will be completed.
Post # 8
Yes, we gave our photographer a check as we were leaving the wedding, as well as the final payment to the venue, since they wanted the money after the event in case of any liabilities. I think it is pretty standard to not receive photos until after final payment. Did your photographer have a contract where all of this was laid out? That protects both of you (to ensure you WILL receive your photos, preferably by a specific date).
Post # 9
What does your contract say? I’ll be honest, that answer really scares me and I’d be looking for a new photographer. I always require a set amount as the retainer at booking, and the final balance is due 15 days prior to the event – and it’s all written out in the contract. Depending on the package size I will break the final balance into installments if the couple needs, even still everything must be paid up before the wedding. I don’t know ANY legit photographer with a “pay me whenever” mentality.
Post # 10
We paid a few hundred dollars when we signed our contract as a deposit. The contract stated we needed to pay half 6 months before and the other half 2 weeks before the wedding. We wound up just paying her off early and gave her and the second photographer a cash tip on the day of the wedding.
I’m still amazed by what I witnessed, but a few weeks ago at a family wedding, the bride and her mother opened up the cards at the end of the reception to pull out cash pay off the DJ and photographer.
Post # 11
Our contract says to be paid 4 weeks before the wedding – I was posting because when I spoke to her (more than once) she was quite casual about ‘paying her at the time of the wedding’ and that occasionally people do pay her in the days afterwards. TBH paying a few days after would be a big help because Fiance and I get paid in the meantime! But obviously I don’t want to be rude or put her on hold unnecessarilly.
I understand your concern but it reallt isn’t a worry for us. There is no way we want or need to look for a different photographer. We have met with her in person (after an hour long initial skype meeting) and she is brilliant – It’s not really ‘pay me whenever’ more ‘You’ll get your pictures when I get paid,’ which I am completely fine with (have worked that way myself for years in design.) We have paid a deposit when we booked over a year ago – she is a fantastic photographer but she hates dealing with the money side of things.
It’s not really common to pay via cash or check and every one of our vendors (photographer included) is to be paid via bank transfer – we just weren’t sure of the best day to have the money sent.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2017 - Sauk Valley Resort
We paid ours a $400 deposit when our date was secured, and we make a monthly payment for 10 months. We’ll still be paying a little after the wedding.
Post # 13
We paid half as a deposit and half the day of the wedding. This is pretty common — they won’t provide you the photos until you’ve paid in full.
Post # 14
We payed 30% when we signed the contract. Then we owe another 30% two weeks before our wedding date. Then we owe the remaining 40% when we get our photos (approx 4 weeks after wedding!)
Post # 15
I paid $500 as a deposit, then half of the balance 3 months before the wedding and the remainder 2 weeks before the wedding. Then there was the per hour fee that we paid after the wedding and we don’t get pictures until we pay that.
If she is flexible about payment, then ask if you can pay the remainder a few days after and see if the contract can be updated to reflect that. I get that you trust her but it’s always best to err on the safe side of things.