Bridal Deposits

10 posts
1 July 2011
amyuk09
Make Up Artist
amyuk09
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? Thanks x
Posted 1 July 2011
Daisey_
Model
Daisey_
Why don't you just ask for a percentage i.e. 25% or whatever is financially viable

Posted 1 July 2011
storm7
Photographer
storm7
Don't call it a deposit, it's a booking fee which secures your services ?

Posted 1 July 2011
ConPhot
Photographer
ConPhot
To stay within the law the booking fee should be no more than 25% of the contract value.
Posted 2 July 2011
ClaireShipman
Make Up Artist
ClaireShipma..
Hi Amy,

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.

Hope this helps

Claire x

Posted 4 July 2011
amyuk09
Make Up Artist
amyuk09
Hi All Thank You so much for your help. Claire I think I will follow your lead, I have been messed around a few times myself so thought I better get something properly in place. Thanks
Posted 4 July 2011
Allinthemind
Photographer
Allinthemind
ConPhot
To stay within the law the booking fee should be no more than 25% of the contract value.
Do you have a link to back this up please? Many thanks Si
Posted 4 July 2011
ConPhot
Photographer
ConPhot
Si, 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.
Posted 4 July 2011
Allinthemind
Photographer
Allinthemind
Thanks for the info. I think it would be an intreating one if it went to court. I chose 50% booking fee as fair. I'll check it with a lawyer.

Si

Posted 4 July 2011
ClaireShipman
Make Up Artist
ClaireShipma..
amyuk09

Hi All Thank You so much for your help. Claire I think I will follow your lead, I have been messed around a few times myself so thought I better get something properly in place. Thanks


Brides never seem to have a problem with the 50% upfront rule even when their wedding is next year 
Posted 5 July 2011
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