View Poll Results: AD wedding booking deposit paid but change date later
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Refund the deposit
29th June 2005, 04:03 PM
wedding day assignments contract
A question to freelance photographers doing AD wedding,
If your client pay you a deposit to book a date and later change it to another date which you are not available, do you refund the deposit or foreit it?
29th June 2005, 04:07 PM
29th June 2005, 04:36 PM
I'm with jOhO on this. So far never had any forfeiting yet and hope it never happens. Of course refunds will happen only if something unfortunate happens, as is.. erm... *touch wood*.
29th June 2005, 04:42 PM
depends on the terms and circumstances (might have to be sympathetic to the couple). but to be fair to the photographer, he might have rejected other assignments to take on the particular wedding assignment, so the deposit would serve as a form of compensation.
Last edited by mpenza; 29th June 2005 at 05:26 PM.
29th June 2005, 04:46 PM
i'm flexible on this. if the change of date doesn't clash with another wedding assignment i won't forfeit the deposit. after all the couple is still engaging me, only on a different date.
if its a case of cancelled wedding then its only fair to us photographers dat the deposit be forfeited in our favour. cos of all the planning n scheduling we end up without an assignment.
juz my 5 cents worth...
29th June 2005, 04:47 PM
How about looking for a alternative Photographer for them as well as be responsible to coordinate the day before even though you are not shooting?
29th June 2005, 04:54 PM
anything extra would be goodwill.
if the couple booked a restaurant/hotel for the wedding and changed to another date where the venue is not available, should the venue owner help them look for an alternative venue and be responsible to coordinate the day before?
29th June 2005, 05:18 PM
For me, I'll refund it.
Originally Posted by Snow_One
Imagine.... wedding kena change date? There's a tendency that something happened. This kind of things I dun like to ask. Juz refund loh.
29th June 2005, 05:22 PM
29th June 2005, 05:26 PM
yes you are.... thanks for sharing.
Originally Posted by jOhO
29th June 2005, 05:38 PM
Wah... the PROs.... have spoken
Originally Posted by espn
29th June 2005, 05:47 PM
29th June 2005, 07:24 PM
It really depends on the situation.
If you refund, you might get more business thru referrals.
29th June 2005, 07:50 PM
If couple cancel booking with me, deposit is non refundable.
If couple changes the wedding dates a few months before, which I canít shoot, my associates will shoot for them. If all my associates are booked for the new dates, I refund the deposit.
If couple calls off their wedding, even it is the night before, Iíll refund the deposit.
I would prefer to call it booking fee, so it is much clearer for itís usage.
Hope this help.
Last edited by catchlights; 29th June 2005 at 07:54 PM.
29th June 2005, 09:06 PM
29th June 2005, 09:33 PM
I think those who refund are great chaps but it can also lead to being taken advantaged of. For eg, the booking can be cancelled because the customer due to being influenced or a cheapo might want to switch photographer.
I think it would be better to say no refund during booking and you judge if a refund is reasonable under the circumstance.
Btw, I'm just a hobbyist and this is just my opinion on this.
29th June 2005, 10:20 PM
If couple changes date, mostly are they still want my service, but if I canít make it than why should I still keep the deposit? Well, it is up to individual practices.
If couple canceled booking with me, than the deposit is to compensate for my lose.
If a couple call off a wedding, do you how much lose are they going to bear? to refund the deposit is the least thing that I able to help them.
29th June 2005, 10:51 PM
30th June 2005, 04:53 AM
It happen to me many time, eg.Family member passed away, short gun, SARs time.............ext.
Originally Posted by Snow_One
Still no refund......, if they don't want my service because they still got to get married after that.
Some couples like to go every where to compare prices and photographers skill after they had book you, and they found out that the others photographer pictures they like it more or maybe the price??? and they cancelled your service. Do you think fair to you??? Or feel KENA play up by them?
If the changes date like 6th months or one year later, mostly we are able to shoot for them, than we will KIV the deposit untill the actual day, provided they still want my service. So, Foreit it if they can't give me good reason.
People like us sure got alot of wedding photography kakis, if the changes date you are not free than arange another very good and responsible photographer for them, mostly they will said: OK loh! but must be good one har!
To be fair. If no changes of date but change photographer do you think they like it??? if that day i got another better offer may be like $3000/=
30th June 2005, 10:36 AM
it really depends I think.
it is goodwill not to forfeit the deposit, if you are available to do the shoot.
but if the couple is one of those annoying *******s kind of people, then I say you're in your full legal rights to forfeit the deposit