(Closed) Photographer Deposit

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Ours is the same way, half up front, half the week of. I think that is fairly common practice. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Most of the photog’s we researched were half up front, the rest due right before the wedding.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We had to put $500 down which was about 40%.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We actually had to pay the entire cost up front due to “special offer” pricing. Kinda hurt handing over the credit card, but it all worked out in the end.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am paying her in full a year and a half in advance- we save $200 that way and since it’s all in writing I feel comfortable doing so.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We only paid 20% to keep our date, we pay the rest 1 month before the wedding. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@marthanotstewart:  If they are holding the date for you, they want a good commitment upfront.  If it was only like $100 down, people would cancel them easily (if need be).  They want you to stop photog shopping and commit with slim chance of backing out and losing money. : ) Business is business.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper

We put about 30% down as a deposit because our photographer broke up payments into deposit, wedding week, and when we picked photos up. So it seems pretty normal to me.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Half down isn’t uncommon

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Ours was a 30% deposit, but his might be higher due to the fact that its a Destination Wedding.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We had 20% deposit, and 50% due 6 months before, and 75% due 3 months before (totals of all payments) The rest I think is due upon receipt of proofs?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We put down a third, with another third due 90 days out, and the last payment a week before.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

This sounds pretty standard. 40-50% deposit when booking, the balance 2-4 weeks before the wedding.

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