Trials Vs Deposit

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Nov 25, 2012

Nadine S.

I usually charge for trials for anyone who requests that. I was wondering if you also take deposit on the trial day? And maybe how much do you take for a deposit? I do not like giving free trials because of some previous experiences with few clients.

I do charge for trials.

My policy is 50% retainer of the final balance to book me. If they don't book me the day of the trial I usually give them 3 days and after that their date goes up for grabs for the next bride. 

Nov 25, 2012

Nadine S.

That means I should clarify this with the client before hand instead of going back and forth. Because many just play the back an forth game and I want to be respected for my time and effort

Nov 25, 2012

Liza C.

yes, I usually let them know everything expected up front so there are no surprises. 

Nadine, yes!! Let them know, if they don't book, they're date goes up for the next bride.

When they inquire about a date, never let them know you are fully open. Because then they feel they can drag their feet with booking and doing a trail. Sound busy. "Yes, I do believe we have a time open. What time is your wedding? Ahh, let me see.. Yes!! We are available for that time slot to do your wedding!!!"

lol 

Nov 27, 2012

Nadine S.

Funny Nicol. Yes right now I have a bride whose wedding is in December she has been dragging me for her trial forever and December is right around the corner. It's annoying. I went out of my way to meet with a client 35 mins away from me and she ended up saying she does not know and not sure. So in general waste of my time. Of course no pay for face to face meeting. 

Jan 07, 2013

Emily H.

I take a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the final balance. The final is due 14 days before the event. A trial is mandatory and I charge for it. If they are doing the trial but haven't booked the event yet, I don't take a deposit for the trial. I don't do them on Friday/Saturday/Sunday and I never rarely have them cancel or reshedule. If they did, I just wouldnt work with them. Be clear that your time and experience is valuable. 

Jan 08, 2013

Tanya R.

You should charge for a trial. I discuss all the bridal rates (day of, assistant fee & trial) before the trial. However, for me trials are optional - I stress the importance of them but it's up to the bride. I have had plenty of last minute brides call right before the wedding and we don't have a chance to schedule one.  

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