(Closed) Payments…help!

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

all of my vendors so far have required a deposit and then the rest due on the wedding day or a few weeks before 🙂

Post # 4
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Same here.

Post # 5
3315 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had several vendors who did not require deposits, either because they were friends or because they were new to the wedding business and didn’t yet know they should ask for them.  But it really depends on the individual vendor how much they want when.  If you love a particular vendor but don’t have all the money for the deposit up front, you may be able to negotiate a payment plan.

Post # 6
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

same here

Photographer- 50% down

Cake Baker- $50 down

DJ- $100 down

Ceremony Venue- $200 down

Post # 7
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Same here, we put down deposits and we can either pay off the balance by a week before the wedding or pay along the way. I think we are going to continue to pay along the way so we don’t have to pay so much at once!


Post # 8
1221 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Most of our vendors required some sort of deposit, even if it was $50. We put deposits down on things, and then depending on the amount owed we’d either pay it in full ($450 @ one time for the florist), or in payments ($600 one day @ the hall, $400 another day).

Some people did get their deposit, but we’re waiting til day of to finish paying (bartender, pastor).

Post # 9
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

So far I haven’t had to do any deposits yet, but I know I will. The cake lady requires $100 deposit to book the date then balance is due 14 days before the wedding. I think the photographer is 30%, I meet with her next week. DJ is $75, and you can pay in advance or the day of and you can add extra hours the day of.  Reception is $25 for insurance, $400 for booking, balance due 10 days before wedding, security gets paid that night. I’m not sure about the florist because I meet with her tomorrow, but I think she requires $75 to book.

My dress is bought and paid for, so are my shoes, and flower girl dress. I’m renting my jewelry and will pay that in November.

Post # 10
7774 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We overpaid all of our deposits by a couple hundred dollars then made gradual payments over the course of planning. We’re going to pay off the balances in the final 2 weeks. Some are due 2 weeks before, some are the day of.

We booked most of the vendors almost a year in advance, so this worked out well for us.

Post # 11
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

For our reception we had to put $1000 down and then the remaining $3000 just has to be paid two weeks before the wedding. We have been paying some off here and there. For the church we didn’t have to put a deposit down, but we did. We put down $100 to secure our date. The photographer wanted a deposit of $250 and the balance has to be paid two week before the wedding. The florist only wanted a $50 deposit to secure our date.

Post # 12
10283 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We had to put 1/3 ($1500) down when we booked our venue, another 1/3 is due 90 days before and the remaining 1/3 is due the night of our wedding. Our photographer required a $350 down payment and the remaining balance is due at the wedding. We haven’t booked anyone else yet. 

We are planning on paying off these balance (hopefully) well before our wedding.

Post # 13
1086 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

DJ: 50% down

Florist: 50% down

Reception: Had us pay 800 to reserve, then the facility fee 30 days later, then another 1000, then we had to pay everything 10 days before.


Post # 14
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It’s scary when I see how much we’ve spent already, and we still have 5 months to go!

Reception hall: $1500

Church: $100

Makeup: $50

Florist: $100

DJ: $200

Rehearsal dinner: $250

Dress: $785

Photographers: $350

Honeymoon: $1600

No wonder I’m broke!

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