(Closed) Photographer says our full balance is due one month BEFORE the wedding…normal?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Le Windsor

Yup. Our photogs required payment one month prior also.

Post # 18
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

All of my vendors want their final payment about 30 days in advance.  My venue is 2 weeks, I believe.  Totally normal.

Post # 19
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Yes. Totally normal. 

Post # 20
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yep, ours was a month before. It is a little nerve wracking to make such a huge payment before seeing anything but hey they are professionals. 🙂

Post # 21
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

That is normal. Mine is due 30 days before event date. Its all in the contract. The contract protects both of you.

Post # 22
1218 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My photographer is asking for the same thing and it’s in the contract we signed. Sounds normal!

Post # 23
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think that’s pretty standard. All of our vendors requested the balance be paid in full somewhere between a month to two weeks before the wedding. I raise an eye brow when I hear of some photographers or videographers allow the full balance paid upon receipt of the final product. Not sure why I think it’s odd, though. 

Post # 24
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

As others have echoed, yes this is standard.

Post # 25
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ours is to be paid in 1/3 installments, with 1/3 due at signing, 1/3 due two months before the wedding, and 1/3 due 2 weeks before.


Post # 26
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

we paid our photographer in full months and months ago!

Post # 27
1848 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Normal. Ours is due 30 days before our wedding. We intend to pay them off months in advance.

Post # 28
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I just had to make 3 final payments – florist, DJ and event decor company – this week. I think it’s normal for wedding vendors to be paid in full prior to the event.

My photographer happens to be 2/3 due 1 week before, with remaining 1/3 due after we get the CD of photos.

Post # 29
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I guess my photographer is in the minority.  Our payments were broken up into thirds and the final third was due to prior to us receiving our CD/Album.

All of our other vendors was full payment a month or so before.

Post # 31
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My 75% payment is due in mid-June and the wedding is in mid-September.

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