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

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 17
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2645 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I have never heard of anyone let alone a florist doing this. When we met with our florist (no fee to do this), we spoke about how many bouquets/boutonnieres/etc we needed as well as chatted about table arrangements. She asked about colours and style and asked if we had any specific flowers in mind. She actually gave us a basic costing for each thing on the spot but followed this up with an official quote (with a few additional options in case we decided to add them in later). Honestly, if I was asked to pay a non-refundable deposit just for a quote, I’d be going elsewhere.

Post # 18
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224 posts
Helper bee

I know some florists who charge a consultation fee. She’ll sit with the client and discuss what the client wants and then puts together a proposal and a quote. The consultation fee is usually deducted from the fee if you decide to use their services.

I think it just avoids clients who come in to get advice and then gets someone else to execute the design.

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