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    • kjl87
      CommentAuthorkjl87
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 7th 2014
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    Everything we seem to have booked is asking for payment in full before the big day. Our venue, cars, photographer are all asking for full payment about a month before the big day. Is everybody else being told the same thing?

    My partner is moaning about the photographer because it is somebody who is doing it freelance and he doesn't think they should be paid for work that hasn't been done yet. He is concerned about being let down on the day.

    I do agree to that I'm not happy paying everything in advance as the work hasn't been done, but I do also see it from their side as they are making sure they will actually get paid.
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    • Sonya
      CommentAuthorSonya
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 7th 2014
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    I think it's pretty standard. The only thing we paid on the day was the magician. From their point of view what if they do the photography, flowers, all the food etc then you said actually we don't have the money

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    • CommentAuthorMidgetGem89
      Posted: Oct 7th 2014
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    Yea its pretty standard a mnth before most ppl need paying as said above what if the day comes and theres no money et . Its reasurance on both parts that theyll turn up and have been paid.

    Its not worth it to them to not turn up to jobs and not deliver what they ssid as it would be a disaster for their business afterwards! But then its not worth them doing a job and not being paid.

    We are paying the dj on the day and thats it but i will have him paid before anything happens he can either come to house n collect money (hes a family friend) or my dad will run to venue when hes settin up at dinner time to pay him then so its not a worry of it later on
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    • Whovianbride
      CommentAuthorWhovianbride
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 7th 2014
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    It is standard just make sure you have a legal binding contract with them, and that they and you have insurance.

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    • Irishbride2be
      CommentAuthorIrishbride2be
      Got married 5 years ago
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    we are booking everything 10-11 months in advance and everywhere is asking for a deposit now then the rest has to be paid off 1 month before some even 6 weeks before. our photographer is coming as part of our package so we aren't paying him directly so i wouldn't know about paying for that but i can see your concern especially if he is freelance! have you mentioned this to the photographer and see what he says? or go online and try to find some reviews on him and see how far they go back in dates and that will give you a rough idea of how long he has been operating and the quality of his work- it might give you some piece of mind
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    • Linzi-jo
      CommentAuthorLinzi-jo
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    That's standard with a wedding I'm afraid, the only thing we paid on the day was the church and the band xxx

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    • kittyh
      CommentAuthorkittyh
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    Yeah its is standard just make sure you have a written contract with all of them - that way you are covered and if you have wedding insurance even better! xx
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    • Becky1608
      CommentAuthorBecky1608
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    Everything we've booked has had to be fully paid in advance. As the other ladies have said, do you have a contract with the photographer? Xxx

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    • JennK
      CommentAuthorJennK
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    Yep everything is due around 4 weeks before the date. Scary scary.

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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    As everyone else has said, that is standard. They need the reassurance that you actually have the money to pay them for the work they are doing or services they are providing. Just make sure you have a formal contract with any supplier x

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    • clairenina
      CommentAuthorclairenina
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    Yes, pretty normal. Full balances are usually expected 4 to 6 weeks prior to your wedding
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    • CarrieD26
      CommentAuthorCarrieD26
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    I have found exactly the same. Varying deposits to secure dates, balance due 4-6wks before. Make sure you have a contract before payment though!
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    • AprilS61
      CommentAuthorAprilS61
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    Normal in wedding world! Some things may require a £50 or 50% deposit, with full balance payable 3/4 weeks in advance. It's usually only entertainment (depends what you have of course) that needs paying on the day.

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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    We paid most things in advance. The car company would have accepted cash on the day, but I preferred to get it sorted out before. Same with the hair dressers. The videographer did wait until he met us to hand the DVDs over, as he was a friend. Otherwise it's reasonable for them to ask for payment before, as it is their living, and they will probably have to spend money in order to do the job. Plus they need to know that they will receive the money. As long as you have a paper contract for what they will offer you it's fine, as they are legally bound by it.

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    • kjl87
      CommentAuthorkjl87
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    On the invoice it includes an "agreement" which seems like the contract. It says no signature is needed but by paying the deposit then I'm agreeing to what has been written in the terms and conditions.

    Makes me feel better that it seems to be the same across the board.
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    Yes, we paid a deposit on booking all our suppliers but absolutely everything apart from the hair and makeup lady was paid up in full 4 weeks before the big day. This is quite normal x

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    • *KelBel*
      CommentAuthor*KelBel*
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 8th 2014
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    That is standard for everything I believe. In fact our photographer was 8 weeks before, our venue was structured( so so much at 12 weeks, so much at 8 then the rest at 4)... Etc. it's just the way they work as they could have got work elsewhere with weddings being big business x

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    • sarah
      CommentAuthorsarah
      Got married 12 months ago
      Posted: Oct 12th 2014
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    I find it really scary as well. Make sure you've got a contract for everything and wedding insurance.




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    • sALLY
      CommentAuthorsALLY
      Posted: Oct 14th 2014
     
    yeah, the only thing that we pay for on the day is dj and accomodation. everything else is a month prior to date
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    • HazelM69
      CommentAuthorHazelM69
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 20th 2014
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    I having to py everything month before nothing is being paid after
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    • *KelBel*
      CommentAuthor*KelBel*
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 20th 2014
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    Get wedding insurance if you're concerned about the safety of the money you're paying out as you can never be too careful x

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    • CharlotteE98
      CommentAuthorCharlotteE98
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 26th 2014
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    We've found that everything needs to be paid around a month in advance. It worried me a bit because I like to be organised but I'm just going to go with it. H2B is going to get the rings and possibly DJ paid off before Christmas because there isn't much to pay on them.
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    • Mrs T Hurley!
      CommentAuthorMrs T Hurley!
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Oct 26th 2014
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    If you're concerned about a company going bust or not turning up, try paying by credit card - if the balance is over £100. Even if you pay 1p as a deposit, you are still covered, as long as what you are paying for is £100, I think up to £30000. x

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