(Closed) wedding deposits

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I dont know about Cali, to be honest. But 50% is standard for most places here in Chicago for a venue. If you are doing a seperate caterer, ours have been 30% down to book. Same with photographer and DJ. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t know about California law (I live in CA) but none of our deposits were 10%. I think the lowest deposit we paid was 20% but the others were either 30% or 50%. I think that’s pretty standard. Even, when getting quotes, I didn’t notice any 10% deposits from any of our vendors.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

All of my deposits were between 25% and 50%.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

All of my deposits have been 30% or 50%

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t know the law either…but here are the deposits I have made so far:

Venue…deposit $200 (total with buffet dinner will be $3k)…the remainder is due on the wedding day

Photographer…50%…remainder due on wedding day

DJ…$100…(total is $650)

Makeup artist….$100…(total is $200)

Florist….$125….(total is $450)

Cake…$100…(total is $350)

 

Post # 8
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378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not in California either, but my deposits have been varied. We paid about 50% to hold the DJ. About 35% to hold the DJ. We paid the 50% for the ceremony. Our venue we paid like 25% to hold it, then like 30% the other week. I think companies just do whatever works best for them, lol.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m not in CA (or a lawyer!), but my perception would be that even if the law says 10%, it would be up to a business’ discretion as for what they are willing/not willing to accept to hold a date or make a reservation.

Think about a florist, they have to order your flowers from their grower well in advance of the actual wedding – so if they are just a small one-man/woman shop, then they might not have the capital needed to purchase the flowers if the deposit is only 10%. 

Most of my deposits have been in the 20-25% range. 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Another non-California, but my deposits have been in the one-third to half range.  1/3 for venue and photographer, and 1/2 for caterer. 

Post # 11
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542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For my venue in NY we agreed to a monthly payment plan which included an initial 15% deposit.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re getting married in Hawaii. All of our deposits have been between 30-50%. For our reception (includes catering/bar), 50% of EXPECTED revenue is due 3 months prior, and the remaining balance is due 3 days before the reception. (Keep in mind we did have to place a $1000 “deposit” just to reserve our reception space when we first booked).

Deposits between 30-50% seem the norm nowadays. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

So far we’ve put down 50% on the venue, 50% on the photog, $100 on the caterer and $100 on the DJ.  Honestly 10% is very cheap and if I were a business ower I’d have a tough time staying in business if a few of these people dropped out at the last minute! 

Post # 14
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

50% was about normal for me. Not in California, though.

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