Florist doesn't have a contract…

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

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 # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MsGinkgo:  In that case, she probably won’t object to a contract.  Draw one up yourself and see what happens!  🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

@aekc:  +1
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 # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@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 # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

No contract=No Payment

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

@MsGinkgo:

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MsGinkgo:  Sounds great!  Just make sure it includes a date and time by when you’ll have everything.

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