Deposit Payments in Amelia WordPress Booking Plugin

Being able to receive partial payments for appointments and events is one of the crucial things for many businesses. Deposit Payments are here to allow you to receive a fixed or percentage amount of payment during the booking process to ensure you from possible cancellations while the rest will be paid on-site.

How to set deposit payments for Services

Each service can have a separate deposit amount set for payment during the booking. To set this, click to edit the existing service or click “+Add Service” to add a new one, then set a service price and you will see an option to enable the deposit payment below.

Enable Deposit Payment Amelia WordPress Booking Plugin

Please note: If you have set 0 as the service price, you will not be able to see the deposit payment option in the service modal. Also, if you use on-site payment then deposit payment will not be shown during the booking process. Deposit payment during the booking is possible only if you use online payment methods.

Enable the Deposit payment option and new options will appear:

  • “Deposit Type” – here you can choose “Fixed amount” or “Percentage”. The main difference between these two options is that if you choose the “Percentage” deposit type, the deposit will be calculated on the total price including service extras and added people (and will change if the employee has a different price), while the “Fixed” amount will have an additional option to choose whether it will be multiplied by the number of people, but extras will not be included.
  • “Deposit amount” – here you set the amount in percentage or in value that will be calculated as a deposit and paid during the booking process.
  • “Multiply deposit amount by the number of people in one booking” – this option will be visible if you choose “Fixed amount” as a deposit type. “Percentage” deposit will always be calculated on the total price (including extras and additional people) while for the fixed amount you can choose whether it will multiply by the number of people or always stays the same.
  • “Allow customers to pay total appointment amount” – this option manages if the customers will have an option to choose whether they want to pay just the deposit or the whole appointment amount in the booking process or don’t have the option to choose, but just pay only the deposit.

Please note: If your employees have different prices we advise you to use the “Percentage” deposit type since the percentage will be calculated on the total price and will count that difference while the “Fixed” deposit will always stay the same following the general service price.

After you set the deposit, click “Save” so the changes can be saved and you are ready for receiving deposit payments for services.

Please note: If you use recurring appointments the Fixed deposit type will be calculated based on the way that you have set the “Handle recurring appointment payments” option. If you have chosen that the customer will need to pay only for the first appointment, then the deposit will be shown just for the first one. However, if you have chosen that customer will need to pay for all appointments at once, then the deposit will be calculated for all appointments.

How to set deposit payments for the Events

To set the deposit payment for the Event, open the existing Event or create a new one on “+ Add Event” and once you enter the price larger than 0 you will see the option “Enable Deposit payment”.

Once you enable the deposit option new options will appear:

  • “Deposit Type” – here you can choose between two types, “Fixed amount” and “Percentage”. The main difference between these two options is that if you choose the “Percentage” deposit type, the deposit will be calculated on the total price including added people, while the “Fixed” amount will have an additional option to choose whether it will be multiplied by the number of people, or will always stay the same.
  • “Deposit amount” – here you set the amount in percentage or in value that will be calculated as a deposit and paid during the booking process.
  • “Multiply deposit amount by the number of people in one booking” – this option will be visible if you choose “Fixed amount” as a deposit type.
  • “Allow customers to pay total appointment amount” – this option manages if the customers will have an option to choose whether they want to pay just the deposit or the whole appointment amount in the booking process or don’t have the option to choose, but just pay only the deposit.

Once you’ve set this, don’t forget to click “Save”.

On the front-end booking forms, your customers will clearly see the amount that needs to be paid and the rest of the booking price that will stay for paying on-site when the customer/attendee comes to the appointment/event.

Deposit on Booking Amelia Booking plugin

On the front-end booking forms, your customers will clearly see the amount that needs to be paid and the rest of the booking price that will stay for paying on-site when the customer/attendee comes to the appointment/event.

Setting up deposit payments for Packages

On the package’s side, you can also set deposit payments. The option to set a deposit will be shown if you choose “Calculated price” on the Price tab while setting up your package. For the “Custom price” the deposit payment will not be shown since you already have the option to set up the custom price for which you want to receive a payment. The options are the same so take a look at the explanation above.

Deposit for Packages Amelia WordPress Booking Plugin

Tracking and updating payments on the Finance page

On the Finance page, you will see one new status if you use Deposit payments, it is a “Partially Paid” status. Since the rest of the payment will be done on-site, once your customers pay for the entire appointment you can update the payment. Click on the “Details” option beside the payment, then on the pencil in the bottom left corner of the Payment Details modal and update the payment amount and status, and click “Save” and your payment will get “Paid” status.