When it comes to wedding photography, couples often wonder how much they should pay for a deposit. The industry standard is usually 50% in advance and the remaining balance two weeks before the wedding date. This is a great way to ensure that the photographer is aware of the payment schedule and that the couple is not left with any surprises. However, I recommend switching to a three-payment structure for wedding photography billing.
This will help couples keep track of their payments and make sure that they have a signed contract with their photographer. It also allows them to offer other portrait services instead of organizing the wedding, and even allows them to transfer the fee over a period of 3 to 5 years, during which, if they get married, they can use the funds paid for their new event. When it comes to destination weddings, couples should also consider whether the photographer can legally work there or not. If they are booking less than 6 months before the wedding, they should pay the first and second bills in advance.
Additionally, the contract should include who pays for the trip, what travel-related expenses are covered (such as checked baggage) and the specifications of the accommodation. For most sessions (family portraits, sessions of elderly people, etc.), I recommend 50% in advance and 50% before delivery. However, if you're a photographer with a lot of money, you don't need to ask for so much for a wedding. In conclusion, when it comes to wedding photography deposits, couples should pay 50% in advance and 50% before delivery. For destination weddings, they should also consider whether the photographer can legally work there or not and make sure that their contract includes who pays for the trip and what travel-related expenses are covered.