Post # 1
I’m trying to come up with a payment timeline for when things are due to each of my vendors so I know what I’m kind of saving up for. Can you tell me generally when your payments were due and how many?
A couple of specifics:
The dress: How much did you have to put down (% vs $ amount) and did you have to pay the full rest of the amount when it came in or could you do payments on that as well? Also, when did you pay for alterations?
The DJ: Did you put down a deposit? If so how much? Was the rest due the day of or within a few weeks of the event?
The florist: Do you pay for all the flowers when recieved or did you have to pay a deposit on that as well?
The Invitations: I assume you pretty much pay for these as a whole, but do you have to put down a small deposit to get the work started(if you used a company to create your invitations)?
Any other advice you can offer would be so helpful!
Post # 3
DJ – We had to put down half for a deposit for our DJ. The rest of the payment was due 2 weeks prior to the wedding.
Flowers – Same with the flowers. Our florist needed a $100 deposit to book the date and the balance was due two weeks before.
Invitations – we paid for the invitations as a whole since we bought them online
Dress – I had to pay half first in order for the shop to order it. I was able to make payments on it but I opted to pay for the rest in full
Post # 4
Dress: I paid 50% at the time i placed the order and then paid the rest the first time I went to see the dress once it came in.
Invites: the invites were order online so and then we DIY the inserts, envelopes and liners so again everything was paid upfront.
We didnt use a florist and our DJ was a friendor so he was flexible, we paid him the day of
The bigger transactions were the venue, limo and cake. all of these had to be paid atleast 2 weeks prior to the event.
Post # 5
Dress: Paid in full since it was a sample.
Reception venue: $5,000 to book, $5,000 second payment, remaining balance $$$ due two weeks before.
Band: 20% down, rest is due in cash the night of
Photographer: 50% down, the rest is due 30 days before.
Lighting: 20% down.
Flowers: I’ve seen variations on this, anywhere from $200.00 down, half down if less than two months, 20%.
Invites: 50% when placing order, 50% after printing and shipping.
Officiant: $200 down.
Makeup: $65 down (mine).
Hair: $250 down, mine plus two girls.
Post # 6
The DJ: I paid half for deposit and the balance is due on the day of the wedding.
The florist: I put down a $250 deposit to hold the date, although I understand that most florists require a much bigger deposit. The balance was due two weeks in advance so that she can buy the flowers.
The Invitations: Most stationery stores require a 50% deposit to get the work started and the balance when picked up. If you’re doing it online, you’ll have to pay the full amount up front most likely.
Post # 7
Dress – paid in full at time of order
DJ -$100 deposit, balance due day of
Hall – $1000 down, $2500 due in April, another $2500 due in July, balance due three weeks before wedding when final count is in
Photographer – $400 down, payments are due every three months
Officiant – $150 down, balance due two weeks before wedding date
Post # 8
Just about everything is due 4-6 weeks before the wedding, in mid-August. We may pay a few bills off sooner than that, but for the most part, we’re just letting the money accrue (a piddly amount of) interest in our savings account.
ETA: Dress – I paid in full when I ordered it just to get it out of the way.
DJ – we put down a $200 deposit, the remainder is due 1 month before the wedding.
Flowers – I put down a $250 deposit, half of the balance is due 6 weeks out, the remainder is due 3 weeks before. I’m not sure why she splits it up this way, but I’m going to pay it off 6 weeks out.
Invites – paid in full at the time of ordering. I ordered them on Etsy.
Post # 9
The dress: I bought my dress from a privately owned salon. I had to put 60% down upfront and the remainder was due when I picked up the dress. I probably could have made payments if I wanted to but I preferred to just pay in full when I picked it up. Alterations were paid after my first fitting. The seamstress required full payment before she even touched it. Normally I would have been a little weary of that but she was the salons seamstress (though she worked for herself) so I felt comfortable with her.
The DJ: We only had to put $100 down to book him. The remainder was split up between two payments, one 30 days before the wedding and the other was paid that night.
The florist: We only had to put $25 down as a deposit. The rest was paid when my Mother-In-Law picked up the order.
The Invitations: We ordered ours through Etsy. 50% was due upfront and the remainder was paid after we okayed the proof.
I know you didn’t ask but I’ll add the rest of the vendors anyway…
Venue: We were married at a hotel so it was an all inclusive deal. They required 1/3 upfront and the remainder was paid in two installments. Another 1/3 was due 90 days before and the remainder was due 2 weeks before. Anything remaining (like overages on the bar or whatever were paid that night).
Photog: A deposit of $350 was required to book. The rest was paid in two installments. ½ was due 30 days prior & the remainder was due the day of.
Hair/MU: I used two different vendors but they both had pretty much the same policy. Hair required a $60 deposit and the rest paid the day of. MU was a $50 deposit and the rest paid the day of.
Post # 10
The dress: Paid in full since it was not expensive
The DJ: Paid a deposit (along with photo, video and limo from all-inclusive company). Final payment due 30 days prior, but I’ve paid it in full already
The florist: Did a deposit for “whatever amount you’d like”. Final payment due 3 weeks prior, but I have paid it in full already
The Invitations: Bought them at Michaels, so it was two separate transactions (to get sale price)
Venue: Initial deposit, 6 months before wedding date and final 2 weeks prior
Post # 11
Let’s see if I can remember these…
Dress: Paid in full at the shop.
Alterations: Paid after fitting and before dress pick-up. (I only had one fitting.)
DJ: We paid $200 to hold the date, and then the rest was due one month prior to the wedding.
Florist: We paid a deposit to “hold” our original quote. Half of the quote was due one month before the wedding, the other half the week of the wedding.
Invitations: We made our own so I can’t really help here, sorry!
And any other things that might help…
Photography: Our photographer actually had us pay 1/3 upfront, 1/3 the week of the wedding, and the final 1/3 when we picked up our photos. That was helpful because it was a large payment!
Videography: We placed a $500 deposit, and the rest was due four weeks before the wedding.
Hope that helps a little!
Post # 12
Venue was half at signing and full payment 3 months before
dj, flowers, linens #1: let me choose how much to deposit, total due one week before
linens #2: half at signing total due a couple of weeks before
cake was half at signing and rest two weeks before
photographer was half at signing and The rest in installments which will be paid in full by the month before
wedding planner was $150 due at signing and TOTAL due a month before
caterer total due day of. He doesnt take deposits ( freak out!)
Post # 13
The dress: I paid for my dress in full (I bought a sample dress online so it wasn’t at a shop) when I found it. I was able bargain a little w/ the price (mostly got free shipping, but the dress was also much cheaper than buying it at a bridal salon near me). We used paypal to pay for it. It’s at alterations now and I pay for it when alterations are done & I pick up.
The DJ: We put down a deposit that was half of the full amount, full amount due at the wedding. Depending on money, we may pay it off earlier
The florist: Pay when received
The Invitations: I had a good friend design the invites and RSVPs, and I paid him about a week after he emailed me the final design (a mix of him telling me to not pay him and me forgetting to pay him. Just slid some money into his paypal). The company we used, I paid and then they shipped.
Post # 14
Thanks ladies! This is all really helpful. My photographer is asking 50% up front to hold the date and the remainder the day previous to the event. Does this seem rediculous? Did any of you try to pay some of the money earlier in advance to prevent having to pay all of that money the week or month of the wedding?
Post # 15
@MsBrooklynA: That seems completely normal.
We did 50% deposits on everything and then slowly went back and paid as many balances as we could. Or goal is to pay it all off before the wedding.
Post # 16
dress.. they wanted 50% down i paid all of it down.. alterations im going some place else so not sure
dj- half down half two weeks before wedding.
florist. 30% down rest 2 weeks before wedding
venue… this is tricky– venue and caterer are the same.. so they wanted 750 down for the space- set up,clean up. then they wanted another check of 3300 down to put toward food and drink costs.. we are suppose to pay the remaining balace 2 weeks before wedding when we give final head count.. the payment for food might be 1/3 of what it will cost, or half of what it will cost we will find out this satuday when we go for our tasting..
invites- we did 123print so we paid all to recieve it.
decor- 100 down, half down in january remaining balace due two weeks before wedding
cake we paid for 10 dollars down and then came back with a coupon to get 10% off the balance discounted and paid off balancey 9 months befor the wedding. lol..