- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
Different deposits work in different ways, but generally when the deposit is for a service to be rendered, the whole point of the deposit is to ensure that the vendor does not book another contract on the same date, and that the client does not back out of the deal and leave the vendor unable to book alternate business. Because you backed out, not him, conceptually you have taken away the opportunity for him to book alternate business. I’m not saying that he actually turned anyone away; just from a conceptual standpoint, if anyone had come asking for that date, he’d not been able to contract with them. And because it was you, and not the photographer, that ended the contract, you’re on the hook.
With or without a written contract, I don’t think you’d win in small claims court. He agreed to provide services and you secured those services through the deposit. It was your choice to refuse to let him provide services.