this is a very helpful thread, for aspiring wedding photographers and freelancers like me. thanks for the input and sharing
Well, I'm glad to hear that!
If theres anything to add, i suggest 10 pictures called your "real original ideas". No harm not reaching 10, but it's good to have something fresh every wedding to add to your arsenal.
Personally, I promise 400, which is just nice and rather difficult to not achieve in an AD imho.
300-350 is a good number for me! Never give all the photo cos remember the more you give, less quality and more work to edit too.
50% retainer, 50% COD. I find the COD rather than actual day makes the couple feel more secure. Of course, rates are not on the lower end of the scale (eg $300 wedding ).
If it were a cheap wedding demand full payment (but would you do such a wedding to begin with? It's more pain than gain).