Post # 1
I was wondering if any of you would be willing to share about what amount your florist required as a deposit. I found a florist and after speaking with her over the phone (she is about an hours drive away so all initial discussions have been phone/email) she came up with a plan for my flowers that I absolutely love. Her price seems reasonable and I’ve seen pictures of her work so I think she’s going to do a great job. Only problem is this – I am meeting up with her this weekend to give her the milk glass vases I have been collecting, and give her a deposit. I told her I’d like to have a contract for me to sign when we meet up as well as well as asked her what she’d like for a deposit.
She told me that she would like the total cost of flowers. That would be about 90% of the total, leaving only the delivery and tax due upon reciept.
Is that too much to ask for a deposit? It seems weird to me but maybe that is normal for florists.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
my florist does 25% for the down-payment, which I paid when we signed the contract.
Post # 4
mine asked for 50%, and so did the other florist we got a proposal from
Post # 5
Our florist asks for a 50% deposit with the signing of the contract, or a 5% discount from the total if paid in full by cash or check. We opted to go that route because the contract stated that our florist was “required to perform services” in the contract or SHE would be in violation and we would get our money back. We felt that this guarded against the possibility that she would take the money and run – even though we already feel that she has a strong business.
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
My deposit was $100. which is less than 10% of the total cost. I think probably since they are a bigger company, they don’t feel the need to charge as much up front.
Post # 7
Ours asked for $100. non-refundable,with the balance paid in full 30 days before the wedding. That part I don’t like. The last florist got paid in full the day before,but would only accept cash or a certified check. Neither are florisits I’ve ever dealt with before except for the weddings, so it may be different if you have an established account.
Post # 8
My research so far has shown that the florists in our area want 30 to 50 percent down with the balance due 30 days prior to the event.
Post # 9
Yeah, hmmm… 90% sure sounds like a lot! Maybe you should discuss this with your florist a little further. I agree that something more like 30-50% sounds reasonable. Is your florist reputable? i.e., has she been around for a long time, has lots of reviews online, and definitely isn’t just going to bolt with the money? In that case, I would feel slightly more comfortable paying up front. But still… that’s a lot of money to be forking over before you ever see anything resembling a final product.
My florist only charged $100 for a deposit (only about 5% of what we will eventually be paying her). I was pretty surprised by such a small deposit, but hey, I’m not complaining either. I would have been happy to put any amount up to 50% down up front.
Post # 10
Whoa. RED FLAG WAVING! You need to check references. Unless your wedding is a month away, no one needs 90%. Deposits are solely to confirm the date with wedding vendors. Mine was $150 but I saw many that were about 20%. I hate to say it, but sometimes when it sounds too good to be true, it might be. I work in contracting and I find it odd that you haven’t seen one yet. Most vendors also send their contract with their quote just so you know their terms up front. Do your due diligence and negotiate that deposit if you’re comfortable with the florist but scrutinize that contract!
Post # 11
My florist required $250.
Post # 12
My florist asked for $25. But, that’s because I used the florist in my hometown which is tiny. So if you stiff her, she knows who your parents are, where they live, who your relatives are, etc. The rest was due two weeks before the wedding. It really seems to be that it will just depend on the florist.
Post # 13
Mine asked for $100 down to save the date…we had the option of paying it in full 2 weeks before the wedding or making a payment plan. We are also able to change our minds on flowers and decorations up to 3 days before the wedding.
Post # 14
$100.00 to book the date which is non-refundable
50% deposit up to 3 weeks before the wedding.
Changes are welcome up to 2 weeks before the wedding.
Post # 16
that’s seems like a lot. mine’s 50% deposit and the rest 2 weeks before the wedding.