Post # 1
Does this sound right? HALF of the total payment was due at the signing of the contract. Now, the rest of the payment is due 2 weeks PRIOR to the wedding.
Where is the incentive to even come photograph the wedding if the full payment was already paid?
How and when did you guys pay for the deposits for photography? Our DJ was more reasonable, we paid 10% at the contract signing, and the rest will be due at the wedding.
Post # 3
That was about what mine was. We paid 50% just to secure the date and then the rest was due about 14 days prior. The photographer I worked with wasn’t too much of a stickler about the due date (I think I was a day or two late). Assuming you are working with an ethical vendor, s/he will show up (barring a natural disaster or death). To be fair, ALL of our vendors were paid ahead of time for their service so with your theory, no one would’ve shown up.
Post # 4
All of our vendors are due the day of except for the flowers and cake because they need to buy their supplies beforehand. I wouldn’t find it strange though that a photographer wants payment earlier- what’s to say they show up and then don’t get paid? If you have a contract and they are a reputable photographer I don’t think it should be a problem.
Post # 5
I paid a $250 deposit (total package is $950). The balance was due “before” the wedding.
I don’t know if it makes any difference, but my photographer is not a full time photographer. She’s an art teacher, and this is more of a summer gig for her.
I think you almost always pay first for vendors. It’s like online shopping- you pay, then they ship it to you.
Post # 6
Ok, good to know that it’s a normal thing. I guess I was comparing it to our sketchy kitchen contractor…my mother paid him half, and he disappeared forever haha. Thanks a lot!