Post # 1
So flowers have been the nightmare of my wedding so far… I have expensive taste and not a huge budget. Every flower I seem to like is out season or just super super expensive, most flowers have pretty much laughed at me when I tell them my budget of $1200-$1400 (for 8 maids, 1 bridal, 8 bouts total, and one fg arrangement).
Long story short… I finally found someone who was willing to work with me. She’s really nice and spent about 45 minutes going over my options different flowers I could pick to stay within my budget. I absolutely loved her and was all ready to book. THen she tells me that I have to give my deposit ($300) before she will let me see a contract or proposed flower order. She said she does that for competition reasons, but when I explained to her I wasn’t comfortable giving a deposit before seeing the the terms of the agreement she was like “im really sorry but thats my policy”. i can understand not wanting to give me a list of what flowers she is going to use in each item and the price for each item to avoid me taking it to another florist, but why can’t I just read the contract before I hand over $$$?
My fiance says to pass, that if she wanted our business she would be more accomidating, but I love her work and she was really nice to work with initially. She has a good reputation in the area (i looked her up with BBB and weddingwire.com) and owns a shop so it’s not like this a side business. My gut tells me that i need to read a contract before i committ, but I figured I would get some Bee opinions!
Post # 3
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
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
pass on her. that sounds very scary. i would never do a deal like that.
Post # 6
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
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.
Post # 8
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
I wouldn’t pay a deposit without reading a contract
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
definite pass, no matter how nice she is. You could do it nicely.
Post # 15
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
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.