(Closed) Paying Vendors in Full Vs a deposit then remainder at end of wedding

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I don’t know why vendors would be hesistant but as a bride I would worry about the vendor going under on me. It happens all the time, and there have also been some crazy stories her eon the bee with people losing vendors and venues last minute. Best bet is to put money aside each month in a savings account and then to pay them off the week before your wedding.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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k8goeslz :  I completely agree. I did this – I just paid the deposits, and then followed how they wanted to be paid. Some were 2 weeks before the wedding, some were 1 week, and my florist was really easy, and just said whenever. We ended up paying her a few days before the wedding, when we were in town.

I definitely wouldn’t want to pay them in full right away. Business go under, and fighting for your money after will definitely be a headache.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

The best advice I’ve seen on here is to use credit cards when you can because you can later dispute the charge (and pay off right away of course) and to create a weddings saving account where you just pile up the money until it’s time to pay vendors.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m like you and also like to pay things in full, in cash, in advance. I’ve actually had a long story nightmare with my venue (that was paid in full months ago) this week and may be switching venues. I really wish I wouldn’t have paid them in full in advance just so I didn’t have to worry about getting my money back if we cancel.

So, I vote just put a deposit down and pay the day of.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Are the vendors who are hesitant asking to be paid cash (or check made out to them) at the wedding?

If so, then cash they don’t technically have to report during tax season and that would be the only reason I can think of. 

If they aren’t taking cash then I have no idea why they choose to do business that way. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

All of our vendors, except the DJ, required full payment anywhere between 1 month and 2 weeks before the wedding. Our caterer was 3 months before. We just went with the dates they gave us. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I paid everything off before the wedding and was happy we did.  I would just pay it all off if I were you.

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