I just got a wedding reception contract from a restaurant and they require a 50% deposit of the total bill (including service, tax, gratuity, etc).
I guess I'm shocked because most of the catering halls we have talked to have anything from a "anything you can pay" (older owner of a hall) to $2,000, but with a max of $5,000.
Is it normal to slap down $15k as a deposit for a wedding in late 2009?????
Is there anything I can do if it isn't normal?