(Closed) Anyone else think this is kinda shady?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Should I book with the florist before signing the contract?
    Absolutely Not- there is something shady going on : (63 votes)
    88 %
    It probably doesn't matter being that she has a good reputation : (9 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I also say to pass on this one, unless she can provide you the contract to read prior to you handing over your money. You do need to read the contract prior to giving her or anyone money. I can’t beleive she expects you to give her a deposit without a contract.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I don’t think it’s necessarily shady, but I would let her know that you would like to read over a generalized contract before you book her. Basically whatever you verbally agree to is a contract…until you have a written contract. Plus, what if you disagree over part of her policy. You’re out $300 then.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    pass on her.  that sounds very scary.  i would never do a deal like that.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Whats the big deal about showing the contract to you?  Sounds shady!!  Its not like she’s showing you mock-ups of all her designs/ideas!  Isn’t it customary to read the contract THEN hand over the deposit?  Which in returns secures your contract?  Sounds a little backwards here….

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My florist emailed me a contract with all the flowers named etc.  Then I mailed her back a signed copy of the contract and a deposit.

    This florist is not following the guidelines of a business person which worries me.

    Good Luck!

    Post # 8
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    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    You should always read the contract before you give your deposit.  I’ve never met a vendor who has operated like that.  Her competition reasoning sounds like an excuse.  I say, either you read and receive a copy of that contract before you put your deposit or you pass. 🙂

    Post # 9
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I wouldn’t pay a deposit without reading a contract

    Post # 10
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    207 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    It is your right to read the contract before.  Will she give you back the $300 if you don’t like what the contract says?  That doesn’t seem right.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I was thinking the same thing goodart said, what if you don’t agree with your contract or quote? Are you out the “deposit?” It seems to me that she is probably your best option, given that she is in your area, in your budget and comes with good reviews. I can understand not wanting to miss out on that. Maybe some of the legal bees can give you better help, but can you suggest a “pre-contract” of some sort stipulating that you get your deposit back if her official quote or contract is found to be unsatisfactory?

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I would ask if you get your money back if you don’t like the contract, and if not then I would pass. If she really wants your business she should be able to work with you and come to some sort of compromise.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee

    I could understand her not wanting you to see a full proposal, i.e., flowers and budget, for competition reasons, but there is absolutely no reason why you should not be able to review a contract prior to paying/hiring her. 

    Post # 14
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    184 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    definite pass, no matter how nice she is. You could do it nicely.

    Post # 15
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    4805 posts
    Honey bee

    Ok, I would probably pass on her. Unless you can talk to someone else who’s gone through her and see his/her contract.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    What if you set up a meeting with her where you brought the deposit with you, read the contract in her presence, and then handed over the deposit and signed at the same time?  I can see her not wanting to give you a list of flowers before booking, because then she’s essentially worked for free- however you are also perfectly right not to give a deposit before knowing the terms of the contract.  So maybe a meeting where you can do these things at the same time would work for both of you.  That way, of you don’t book (for whatever reason) you don’t have a copy of her contract to keep, which is her concern, but you also get to see the contract before handing over any money.

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