When did you pay your wedding photographer?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: When did you pay your wedding photographer? (As in, pay the full balance)
    before the wedding : (50 votes)
    65 %
    on the wedding day : (14 votes)
    18 %
    after the wedding when you received your pictures : (9 votes)
    12 %
    other? : (4 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We paid the full balance before the wedding but we had already had good experience with him getting the pictures to us on time for our engagement shoot.  Did you pay with a credit card?  Because if so, you could dispute the charges now to see if you can get it back.  I would also consider calling the BBB to see if they can help you with the situation.

    Post # 4
    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    The contract says we were required to pay 4 weeks before the wedding, so that’s that.  My photographer has very strict rules, though, imo.  Does your contract say when the pictures would be ready after the wedding? 

    Post # 5
    2476 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Ours gave us a very fair payment plan.  We are paying in increments until our wedding, with our last payment due one month after the wedding.  We’re planning on paying in full before our wedding date though.

    Post # 6
    865 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m not getting married yet but my brother’s SO is a photographer, she’s taken pictures of me before(i model) and I’m pretty sure she’d do my wedding as a gift( is shouldnt assume things though) but if that’s the case i’d be really lucky!

    Post # 7
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    our contract says we have to pay before the wedding, which i think makes sense. they are giving us a service and i’m sure for some people, they wouldn’t pay if they already have the pictures. this way he wont have to worry about that.

    Post # 8
    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We gave $500 as a retainer fee.  The balance was due the day of the wedding.  I looked over the contract w/ a fine comb.  I specifically requested that contract states that the photographer will provide proof of insurance 1 year before the wedding date (our banquet hall required it), photo proofs and online ordering within 3 months after the wedding date, and will deliver the wedding album within 12 months after the wedding date.  (I have friends who’ve been married 3 years and still don’t have their wedding album.)  He was recommended to me by a friend who used him as her wedding photographer.  I looked at his work online and in person.  I also asked for his previous client’s contact info and contacted them for feedback on his work before we handed over the signed contract and retainer fee.  Hope that helps.

    Post # 9
    3331 posts
    Sugar bee

    I can’t exactly remember, but I think we sent her a check a week before the wedding, per our contract. 

    Do you have another way to contact your photographer, other than email?  Can you visit her in person or call to try to check on why your photos are taking so long?

    Post # 10
    1288 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

    Our contract has 3 payments – a deposit when we booked, a deposit 2 weeks before the date, and the final payment due 2 weeks after (or when I decide I want the pictures). I probably would’ve been hesitant to pay in full before the event; no actual services are rendered yet and that can create an iffy situation.

    I’d call, it’s too easy for people to ignore emails.

    Post # 11
    1408 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Our photographer (a friend to both my Maid/Matron of Honor sister and I) said he wants to be paid the day before or the day of the wedding. My sister thinks he is actually saying that because he plansto gift my Fiance and I the photography and editing as his wedding gift to us! Not sure if its true, and I’d be more then happy to pay him as he’s an amazing photographer, but if its true- Sweeeeeet.

    Post # 12
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We paid a 50% deposit 6 months before and the rest the day of.

    Post # 13
    167 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2008

    We require a retainer and full payment at least 2 weeks before the wedding. We would NEVER take payment on the wedding day-that is such an awkward situation, and who wants to pay bills on their wedding day? The only situation where we have accepted payment after the wedding was when our clients were unable to pay before-and we held the photos/did not work on them until the balance was paid in full.

    Post # 14
    5153 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Our contract says before the wedding I believe.

    Post # 15
    3162 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We have three payment points in our contract – retainer, the majority of the $ two weeks before the wedding, and the final chunk before delivery of the photographs (which she says will be 2-3 months after the wedding). I’m much more comfortable with this than paying in full before the wedding.

    Post # 16
    401 posts
    Helper bee

    our contract stated we had to have her paid in full 2 wks prior

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