Post # 1
So, I am setting up some last minute vendors (ca ching!!!) and I would really like to just pay the full bill and not worry about it the day of… Is that doing it smart or stupid?? I am looking to create less work day of, but is it worth the worry or chance the vendor won’t show??
I am taking about photobooth, caricature artist, and videographer, in case it matters.
Post # 2
I paid DJ, day of coordinator, venue and photographer in full before the wedding. The only vendor I paid after was the caterer, and they just charged it to my card that was on file the night of the wedding. We didn’t have any issues….but maybe we were lucky? It didn’t even cross my mind that I would pay them later, lol. Ignorance is bliss.
Post # 3
We paid a deposit upfront with the balance due a couple of weeks before the wedding for all our vendors.
I think because the vendors you listed charge per hour rather than per guest, it wouldn’t make too much of a difference to pay them upfront now rather than later
The flip side is if you’re paying by credit card and things were to go pear-shape, you may be past the charge-back date by your cc company depending on how early you paid (if that makes sense?) That’s the only thing that would keep me from paying in full.
Post # 4
smoocheepoo: My fiance and I still have 3 months to go until our wedding, but we have paid off all except one of our vendors. We don’t want to have anything to worry about when it gets closer (especially not the day of the wedding). I would definitely do it before the wedding.
Post # 5
I would not pay off last amount till as late as possible. You lose all leverage. Read posts about vendors not returning calls, etc.
Post # 6
If you really want to save yourself stress, set the money aside that you would pay them now and then designate someone you trust to handle making the payments on that day. Give your appointed person the checks in advance or your CC info. But do not pay vendors in full in advance. If they stop communicating with you between now and the wedding, you’re out of luck. If they just don’t show up that day, do you take them to court? I don’t think it’s worth it.