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Spark, on January 21, 2022 at 4:39 PM Posted in Planning 0 9
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Signed contract. Wedding photographer wants payment before sending countersigned contract. This does not seem normal to me. Thoughts?

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Latest activity by Natalie, on January 22, 2022 at 11:19 AM
  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
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    Do they want full payment or just a deposit for now? If there is language in the contract that suggests you've already paid the deposit, I could understand them wanting the deposit before they sign. If that's the case, could the wording be changed so that they feel comfortable signing first and then receiving the deposit (though still puts you on the hook for paying the deposit)?
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    This is for full payment. I'm getting a discount by doing so. I feel that by paying without a legal contract, photographer could take my money and run. There's no contract.
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  • S
    Savvy October 2022
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    I'm not sure i understand why it would be bad for photographer to send countersigned contract. How does it not benefit them? But only make customer vulnerable.
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
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    Especially for full payment, I would request that they sign first. With both signatures, you are on the hook for the money and they are on the hook for the service. I agree that I would be hesitant to hand over the full amount before both parties have signed the contract. Listen to your gut feeling on this. If they're not willing to sign without the full amount, and you're uncomfortable with giving the money first, then I would keep looking for another photographer.
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  • S
    Savvy October 2022
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    Thank you!! I'll do that.
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  • S
    Savvy October 2022
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    Appreciate your response!!!
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  • Melinda
    Expert March 2022
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    Yeah that seems really shady. We prepaid a couple vendors but always had a contract in place first.
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  • Taylor
    Rockstar October 2022
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    I didn’t pay any deposits, let alone full payments without both the vendor and use signing contracts which was all my vendors decisions
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  • Natalie
    Devoted January 2022
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    When is your wedding? Most photographers don’t ask for full payment until right before the wedding, I wouldn’t be comfortable paying the full amount a year out (or however long). What if something happens or you want to cancel with them, do you get the money back?
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