(Closed) Paying vendors in full way before the wedding? Do or don't?

posted 3 years ago in Money
  • poll: Would you pay all your vendors in full if you had the money? Please comment why or why not.
    Yes : (30 votes)
    44 %
    No Way : (38 votes)
    56 %
  • Post # 31
    7916 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    mrsbrizz2017 :  if you can get higher limit credit cards it is a fantastic way to get rewards! Just make sure you have cash in the bank to pay it off in full or else the interest would wipe out the rewards benefit. 

    Post # 32
    4232 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

    For me it was a mix. We payed the venue and decoration and minister in full ahead of time (catering was included in the venue). The DJ prefered to have half before, half the day off…the photographer actually prefered to be paid mostly on the wedding day (with a 10% deposit ahead of time).

    There isn’t a right or wrong answer I don’t think. We just went with what the specific vendor was comfortable with.

    Post # 33
    939 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    mrsbrizz2017 :  I think it depends on your contract with your vendor.


    Our venue (open bar, 4 course meal, cocktail reception etc etc) is 80% of budget and they took a small deposit and then half of the total is due 3 months before, and final total (after final guest count submitted) is due 2 weeks before wedding.


    Photographer/DJ: half was due at book, half week before wedding.

    Hair/Make Up/Florals/Decor: all had deposits and totals are gonna be due day or a couple days before

    Shuttle Service: Just card put down, nothing charged till day off.

    Personally I wouldnt pay them in full or even close to that until very close to the wedding, I have heard stories of vendors falling through (some for legit reasons, others are just assholes who did not show up) and then you wasted your money.

    A girlfriend of mine paid full for her shuttle service (nice limo buses for her NYE wedding) the shuttle company took full amount of her card and then closed their business and are nowhere to be found now.


    Post # 34
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I want to add that if a vendor no shows Yelp reviews will not get your $ back. Yes, you signed a contract but depending on the amount of that contract it would be tough to sue / go to small claims and the process of getting no money through courts is awful, lengthy and doesn’t pan out all the time. I think it’s best to leave part of the payment until the due dates. 

    Post # 35
    1115 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

    We are paying our vendors monthly, by the time we are married our wedding will be paid off.  

    Post # 36
    75 posts
    Worker bee

    My fiance and I did both. We paid our venue in full but only because we asked for a discount for paying upfront and my venue agreed. They actually took 1k off the total cost. So before paying for anything we got a credit card that give you travel miles. We already have the cash to cover the cost of our wedding but decided to use the credit card for free miles. So we put our venue cost on the credit card to get the travel miles and paid it off that same month.


    For the rest of our vendors we will pay in installments (using the credit card of course). We decided to pay installments with the vendors just in case we may need to get a refund or need to switch vendors before our big day. So if everything goes well the travel miles will be enough to cover our flights for our honeymoon.

    Post # 37
    1604 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Every month our paper has an article about a vendor going bankrupt and leaving brides with no recourse.  If you are not responsible enough  to save money, if needed in a dedicated account, you should not be getting married, in my opinion.   Pay the last day possible. 

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