Please move this to the wedding forum if that's where it goes.
I shot a wedding for a friend of a friend on Sept. 13. The cost was $600 (im still new) and they gave me a $75 deposit already. Well, in my contract it said that all money is due by the wedding day. Well on the wedding day, she had some sob story about how she needed another week to pay me, basically, after she gets back from her honeymoon.
Well, I upload all the images on my website for her and her family to see, and email her the link. This is the following Saturday, so a week after the wedding. We had agreed verbally she would pay a week after her wedding. Well, no email, no phone call, nothing. I tried emailing her a few times, and finally called her today, because I have not heard from her at all. She does not have any pictures, as I have the DVDs.
She just has an online gallery to look at, so she can't print anything. Anyways, I know I should not have done it without getting paid by the due date, but because she was a friend of a friend, and I had a contract to fall back on, I decided it was ok.
I just wonder how long I need to wait before I send her an official letter that she has to sign for. At this point I don't care when she gets the pictures, but I do care when I get my money. I have given her two weeks and NO CONTACT AT ALL! I do this on the side, so I don't need the money to pay the rent this month, but I do need it. I have plans for the money, and I have ended up using some money for my savings account that I wouldn't have needed to use otherwise.
I don't want to take her to court, but I think if it makes it to a month with no contact, I will have to do it. Thank god I have a contract!!!!
Any advice for this dummy who has just learned ALOT from his most recent mistake?