Is this normal? Non-refundable deposit before floral quote?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

That is not normal. I would go with someone else. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

So when they give you a quote that’s $5000 over budget, they get to keep your $100? No thank you.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Very strange, I’ve never heard of that. My fiancé at the time rang a bunch of florists to get quotes, most of them gave him quotes over the phone, and some asked him to come in for a free consultation to get a detailed quote.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

No, I’ve never heard of that before. Before we got married, we were given quotes from florists without paying anything. I’d wait for replies from some of the other places you contacted!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

plannerbee1118 :  That makes no sense at all. Who is going to just give someone $100, non-refundable, with not the slightest clue what they’re going to get or how much it’s supposed to cost?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - City, State

Definitely not.  Quotes are free…….Find someone else, bee!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Nope. 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

plannerbee1118 :  Honestly, it really depends on the florist. It is fairly common for popular florists, because florals are so specific that you really have to be pretty detailed in what the client wants before you can properly give them a quote. It’s not uncommon for florists to spend a lot of time chatting with a perspective client about their wants/wishes and design ideas only to provide them with a quote and the client take it to someone else and get it done cheaper. Then that florist has put a lot of time and effort into desgin concept and the time to price it all out (which is very time consuming) only to not get the job. Note : I’m not a florist, but I am in the wedding industry. It might be different in other areas, but around here florists aren’t just florists but do total wedding design. They aren’t just dropping off centerpieces, but instead do overall wedding decor for the event.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

It sounds like a consult and or design fee. As PP explained, if they are good enough that they can do this, and their services warrant it, great. 

What does this “deposit” cover? Does it get you an hour consult / design meeting with price quote? If yes, okay. If no, run. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Maybe they’re just making sure you’re serious before they spend a lot of time working on a quote?

I thought it was more common to give the florists a budget – say $2500 – and tell them you want a bouquet, corsages for 10 people, some flowers for the church, and centrepieces for 10 tables – and then they work to tell you your options. Then you can get more specific, like you want roses in your centrepieces, so they might make the centrepieces smaller to accommodate the extra cost of the flowers, etc…  That’s how my experiences went. It’s just easier to give them a budget to work with from the start and they can work from there 

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nope, not common at all.  I would not have worked with any vendors who required a non-refundable deposit to simply discuss working together.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

no.  I would never put a deposit before a quote, that’s ridiculous.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’d look for someone else. I live in SoCal, where wedding stuff is pretty costly, and there are plenty of vendors, including florists, who will do a free consultation and quote.

Heck, even most lawyers will give you a free consult before you decide to hire them.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Not my experience with my florist, she gave me a rough quote over email with pricing about $xx per item. We met and she gave me a detailed quote with types of flowers and I paid 20% or so I think to reserve the date. 

I’m also in Southern California. I did have 1 other florist I was considering over email say she had a minimum and I said since my venue was close to her studio maybe we could work together, but once I had outlined how many items, she said she needed minimum since our wedding was around a “holiday” aka Easter.

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