Post # 1
I really need your ladies help! I have been emailing back and forth with a florist since I live a few hours from where the wedding is going to be. We have been emailing since the beginning of September, talking about extactly what I want and how much everything is going to cost. So I finally decided that I wanted to book the florist because they only do 1 wedding a day and I do not want my day to get booked. When I ask her to email or mail me the contract so I can sign it and send her the deposit, she tells me that they don’t do contracts. This seems a little weird to me because every other vendor I have worked with has require a signed contract, I could be wrong though…..I just feel a little weird sending this lady a deposit and more money to come, without a signed contract saying that she will actually do the work and show up the day of my weddig. What do you bees think? Is this normal? Should I book her and send the deposit?
Post # 3
I actually did it and was successful and was burned by it with someone else. My caterer was a deli from a small town and several of my friends had used him and were happy. He doesn’t do contracts, but we still had him sign something showing that we put money down, the date, and the food we agreed on. Turned out perfect!
But I also originally had booked a photographer (kind of a friend) and he didn’t have me sign one. He ended up causing family problems and we decided againist using him and we won’t give us the money back.
Contracts protect both you and them. It states what they will deliver based on what you said, what their policy’s are on payments and when they are due and that both parties will deliver. If they are out of state and you really don’t know them. I would require at least something stating what she will deliver, when she needs the payments and how much they are each time, and how much of a deposit you will/did pay.
Better to be safe then sorry!
Post # 4
Our florist didn’t do contracts either. This is a florist business that has been around for 30 years. I really didn’t know any better so I went with them. Overall the experience was fine, but looking back I do wish that we had had a contract because of two issues:
1) Initially they told me that full payment was due the day of the wedding, and that I did not need to make any payments before the wedding.Then, three days before the wedding they called me to inform me that a full cash payment was due BEFORE the wedding and I needed to pay immediately, or no flowers.
2) I paid in full, right? Well I paid for bridesmaids bouquets of roses and peonies. What we actually got were bouquets of a few calla lillies, dried flowers (I still have no idea what these were), and one peony. They looked pretty and the girls were happy with them, but they were not what I paid for. I have no idea why the substitutions were made, or even if those flowers were the same price.
Since there was no contract, I had no recourse for either issue. Definitely think twice about no contracts…contracts protect the vendor, but they also protect you.
Post # 5
I spoke with a vender who didn’t use contracts, so I didn’t use her. They take 5 minutes to type up and print, there’s no reason a vender shouldn’t offer one but to cover themselves.
Post # 6
Mine did not do a contract either. Well, not a physical document at least. Mine owns a storefront and has lots of positive reviews.
Basically she sent me an email confirming my deposit and wedding date (I would make sure to get an email for confirmation of deposit and securing the date) when I booked them (after 1 consultation to determine pricing for what I wanted).
But I didn’t have to sign anything because my account was open ended. I think they did this because I didn’t owe them the total amount of my consultation in the same way you are required to pay a photographer in full. My florist allowed me to change, get rid of, or add whatever I wanted up until 2 weeks before the wedding. So I wasn’t obligated to spend any certain amount of $$.
4 weeks before my wedding we went over everything (I changed things) and they did a detailed pricing receipt/form which included the #s of items and the specific flowers that were to be included in each. After that I paid in the remaining balance.
Everything went smoothly with mine. If they didn’t have 60+ positive reviews I would have maybe been worried but I didn’t see any reason to worry.
Post # 7
I don’t have a contract with my florist either. I chose a small privately owned company within my town. They have been un business 30+ years with only but positive feedback. We already had a consultation and they sent me an estimated amount due but it won’t be set in stone until the flowers are actually purhased which she thinks will be less than the quote. My hair lady also didnt do a contract but she penciled it in the books for me. She also is a privately owned company and has been doing my hair for 28 years so i think its all vendor specific. Large things like catering, venue i would expect a contract.
Post # 8
@starlitgirl: that’s sad. I’m sorry. I hope your day was great nonetheless!
I totally agree with BrookeBQ. It’s 5 minutes and a good business practice.
Post # 9
I’m a wedding photographer – I personally wouldn’t work with any vendor that doesn’t do a contract.
Post # 10
@vegasgrrl: It was totally fine, luckily! They really came through on my centrepeices and my bouquet, and they were both gorgeous. The colours of all the bouquets were great, so it looks nice in pictures. But it is definitely something I would never do that again.
Post # 11
I am having this same issue with a limo company. They own a venue as well and have 41 postive knot reviews, but do not do a contract. They do give you a print out saying what limo you get the date how long and all the stops as well as your payment schedule but I am so anxious about the lack of signed contract :/
@kes18: I feel like this your experience is the one I am considering with the limo. They only require 200 to hold it and then the balance 2 weeks before, or the day of if paid in cash (so that we don’t give them a check that bounces, which I can understand).