I've finally worked out all my pricing and now need to work out a deposit structure. Having looked on other MUA sites everyone seems to do it differently and some seem quite complicated
How do you do your's? What is the simplest way to ensure you get a fair deposit without making it to complicated?
My terms are 50% (non refundable) upfront deposit to secure the wedding date, you need to take something upfront as you get a lot of indecisive brides who will try and cancel on you and when your getting several enquiries for the same day, which I often do it has to be first come first served.
Take a look at my site if you like www.bridalblushes.co.uk you can see my terms etc on there.
Contact the office of fair trading, I can't off the top of my head remember who we dealt with as it was a while ago but their rules on fairness is a 25% booking fee. This doesn't inlude extras that may be charged at the current price, it's to do with contract value. So, if you do packages and it's say £1000, then £250 max. If you take a booking fee and shoot so that the client can have what they wish they would view it at somewhere around the lowest package based on your types of coverage. (So if you shot for four hours and they could buy as they wish, say your package with 50 images comes in at around four hours and £800 they'd be looking at around £200)
It doesn't really make a lot difference to anyone really unless you end up in court, that's then when it'd be looked at with a fine tooth comb a bit like not getting the contract signed in front of the photographer.