(Closed) Deposit counts as contract? Skeptical…

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
  • poll:
    No worries - since the quote says it becomes a contract when the deposit arrives, you're covered. : (17 votes)
    65 %
    Could be a problem. You should get something with both of your signatures on it. : (9 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    You’re okay.  Once they deposit your check it is the best proof that shows they entered into an agreement with you and are now required to perform their obligations (giving you what is detailed in the quote).

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    If that email has all the info, pricing, dates, etc… could you print out the email (save a copy of that email) & bring it with you when you go to pay your deposit & have them sign on the email?

    Otherwise, ask for a contract, just say you require a contract with every vendor.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Except for the venue and photographer, all of our vendors did it this way—just an emailed quote that says it becomes a contract when you send the deposit. You could certainly ask for something more formal, but legally you should be covered if the quote specifies that it becomes binding once the deposit is accepted. Just keep the cancelled checks (and pay by check or credit card so there’s a paper trail). 

    I think it’s fairly common for people to sign on with vendors before they know for sure what they’re asking for, which I imagine is why the practice exists. I try to send everything via email (or at least follow up phone calls with an email noting the conversation) so that I (and they) have a record of any changes along the way, though, and periodically check to be sure there’s no change in cost if we make a bigger change—also helps to make sure everyone’s on the same page. So far we’ve had no problems with this form of contracting, though.

    Post # 6
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If it is really important to you… ask for a signature! With all of their experience, they must have run into similiar situations. Whenever I feel uneasy, I ask for it in writing. What is the worst thing they will say? No- we will not guarantee your order? Then at least you know where you stand with them…

    Post # 7
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    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I think you’re probably okay, but if you’re uncomfortable, for sure talk to them about it!  My Florist was wicked sketchy (though the flowers turned out BEAUTIFUL and on time)!  She gave me a quote, we talked back and forth, and she requested I pay in full two weeks before the wedding (no deposite which I thought was weird), but everything worked out just fine!  But I knew she had done a good job for a friend’s wedding, so I felt okay working with her.

    If you’re uncomfortable, ask for something more concrete!

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Since the quote itself states that it is a binding contract after the deposit, I think you’ll be okay as long as you save proof of the deposit. If not, inquire of a signed contract from the vendor?

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Whether or nor they’re reputable and established, thats just irresponsible to enter into services with a vendor, give them money, and NOT get a signed contract with both of your signatures entailing what both of you are required to do. I wouldnt do it, anything could happen and its just not good business practices. You should get everything in writing.

    Post # 10
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    2634 posts
    Sugar bee

    The only vendors I’ve done this with are my make up artist and hairstylist.  With everyone else I’ve signed an actual contract.

    If you feel they are trustworthy then I say go for it, but if there are ANY doubts in your mind – then don’t.

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