(Closed) HELP! How much should flower deposit be?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

my florist does 25% for the down-payment, which I paid when we signed the contract.

 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

mine asked for 50%, and so did the other florist we got a proposal from

Post # 5
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Helper bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • 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
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Bee Keeper

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
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Bumble Beekeeper

My florist required $250.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

$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 # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

50%

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

that’s seems like a lot. mine’s 50% deposit and the rest 2 weeks before the wedding.

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