Post # 1
She gave me a quote that lists all the types of flowers we talked about and the price per bouquet, bout, and centrepiece. She attached all the pictures of the items we discussed/inspirtation pictures but there’s no actual contract.
I have her emails that outline the payment schedule, I got her to confirm in writing (via email) that her prices are guaranteed within 20% (to allow for changes in flower costs) and taxes are included as well as all the glassware, ribbons etc.
Should I be concerned or go ahead? Her deposit is only 10% ($75) up front. I don’t give her any more money until 2 months before the wedding…
Post # 3
I would not pay her anything without a contract. If something happens and she doesn’t show, uses the wrong flowers, etc then you have no recourse. Not a good idea.
Post # 4
Nope wouldn’t do it. No contract no deal. Honestly she sounds like a scammer. I’d be surprised if she showed with anything let alone what you actually agreed on.
Post # 5
@adoc86: you don’t think the info that I have in writing is enough? She’s not a big florist, but she has good reivews and came recommended from a friend
Post # 6
@MsGinkgo: In that case, she probably won’t object to a contract. Draw one up yourself and see what happens! 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
I would definitely be wary of paying and not receiving having a contract. I think making your own is a great idea. (You can reference the others you already have for wording and such)
Post # 8
@Anna10-05-2014: @aekc: @greymonkey42: @adoc86: Okay, I just read what she wrote again – you all have me thinking. Here’s what she said
“As for payment options, I can accept Cash, Cheque or E-transfer. In order to book __________ as your floral vendor I would need a deposit of $75 to book your date. Please let me know what works best for you. Once I receive your deposit I will send you an invoice/receipt that shows the payment and quote amount remaining. This would act as our contract.”
The quote I have is itemized, lists all the flowers discussed, the quantities I need and the flowers for each with the inspiration pictures. Do I need anything more formal?
Post # 9
I don’t know about Canada and I AM NOT A LAWYER, but in the US, e-mails CAN be enforced as a contract. Depends on the judge (hopefully you don’t have to go that far).
I did find this:
“A signature is not required for a contract to be enforceable. The only requirement is that both parties consent to the agreement made. Although a signature is the most reliable way of obtaining consent, it is not the only method. As long as the parties write something which a reasonable person could perceive as acceptance, the email contract will be enforceable.”
Btw, we worked the biggest aspect of our wedding WITHOUT a signed contract: the catering!
Both the caterer and I had everything stated in e-mail only, with some parts that sounded like a contract and she agreed to them specifically. On our wedding day, they came through and then some, spectacularly! Couldn’t be happier.
Post # 10
@MsGinkgo: So she gave you a complete list of all the flowers and what they will cost you, give or take 20%?
That sounds like a contract to me!
Post # 12
Is the friend that recomended her to you a friend of her’s as well? How close it this friend to you? Personally I still wouldn’t feel okay with it. I might feel better if I showed all of the emails to a lawyer and the lawyer said I would be safe.
Post # 13
@MsGinkgo: OK- while I understand that most people are used to a contract- not having doesn’t mean that she is a scammer.
I used to do wedding flowers for a living- and while I would have more than happy to sign a contract had anyone asked me to provide one, I totally would have- but not one person did.
Have you met with her/them? Read her personality.
I mostly just did wedding parties- not so much centerpieces, etc….but again. no contract. If she was a scammer, I would expect she would be asking for a larger deposit up front. Otherwise, you might have time to “find her out”.
Post # 14
I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable with this…our florist worked out of her home and still had a contract. They’re not too difficult to draw up.
Unless you know her very well…not sure I would go with this. Are there any other brides who have used/reviewed this vendor?
Maybe keep looking…
Post # 15
Nope, go with a contract. Google one and see what exactly you want on it and then present that to her. Don’t lose your contracts as well. I had a wedding planner from the Celebration, FL area that I was very unhappy with and didn’t feel she did a good job. She has five stars on the wedding sites but I was unable to post my review because I had lost my contract. (I think it’s a reoccuring situation with her and that’s why she has so many good reviews). Also, ask for an invoice.
Post # 16
@MsGinkgo: Sounds great! Just make sure it includes a date and time by when you’ll have everything.