Post # 1
This might be a random question- but how is the payment to your florist set up?
We found a florist that we love, but she wants a $1,000 deposit to hold the date, then 50% of the fee upon the signing of the contract (which can be whenever) and then the remaining amount 1 month before the wedding. The money is also none refundable. Our parents have some issues with this because now we have no security if she does not show up, or things are not as we approved she has the money and we can not do anything about it.
Is this how it normally is with florists?
Just for reference- she is a small shop, but does amazing work. She will have to buy the flowers and pay her assistants. I was in a wedding in 2010 that used her and it was amazing and she did an excellent job with no problems. I really want to use her, but this might be a deal breaker for our parents.
I emailed my friend who used this florist if this is how it was with her payment, and I told my mother that if she has a problem with this to call the florist to see what she can do.
Any insight on this would be great! thanks!
Post # 3
It’s pretty typical to pay the balance in advance of your wedding date so she can purchase the flowers. I paid a $250 deposit, and the balance is due the week before the wedding.
Post # 4
The contract should assure that she shows up. Make sure that it indicates what she’s going to do, and make sure she signs it. There’s no reason you can’t sign the contract when you put down the first deposit.
Post # 5
That sounds pretty much dead on our floral schedule, except our fee to hold to day was less.
Your “security” for her not showing up or things not being to par is your contract. All of your vendors will require your balance to be paid prior to your wedding day. That’s why the contract is there. 🙂
Post # 6
We were asked to put down a deposit (of whatever amount we wanted) and then to pay it in full at least a week before the wedding to ensure they could order our flowers.
Dear Fiance decided to just pay in full upfront so there was one less check to have to write that week. With as many vendors as we’ll end up with, he doesn’t want to spend our wedding day writing checks.
I think as long as they’re reputable and you haven’t seen reviews that state they didn’t show up, I’d trust them as long as you have a contract.
Post # 7
You should just make sure to add a clause in your contract that she will refund your money and the difference of hiring another vendor if she cancels the week of your wedding.
My friend’s florist canceled on her the day of her wedding and she had to pay a lot of unexpected costs.