(Closed) Sign contract before making deposit?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
394 posts
Helper bee

Usually both are done at the same time. At least thats how I handle it for my business. 

Post # 4
3367 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Actually signing a contract before making the deposit is in everyone’s favor. That way you are legally bound to the photographer, but are able to pay the deposit whenever. All of my vendors are like this actually because I had to work with them on payment plans. 

Post # 6
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

All my vendors required that I sign the contract and make the deposit at the same time. The contracts stated that they weren’t valid until the deposit was received.

Post # 7
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@PacificMrs:  That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.  Just because someone signs a contract doesn’t mean that the retainer due date as stated by the business can be withheld to the whim of the client.  

Since our contracts are done electronically we allow a grace period of a few days if we’re told in advance that a check is being sent in, but they are technically due at the same time as the signing.

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