Having a legally binding document such as a contract with your clients is always a good idea. Luckily, the internet offers many free templates. Check out this florist wedding contract template offered by Curate.
Now, how will you know if the contract is good enough? To help you out, we created this checklist: 10 things a florist business contract must include. We also included a few bonus tips. Now go get them tiger (lily).
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10 Things Your Florist Business Contract Must Include
Here, are the 10 elements your contract must include:
1) Exact date, time and address of the event: Remember that big events such as weddings involve many suppliers. That’s why it’s important to have detailed information on your contract. A breach of the exact time might be cause for dispute, so make sure you have all the accurate details.
2) Detailed flowers and rentals: The contract must include a detailed list of
– All the flower arrangements you’ll be supplying; bouquets, centerpieces, and decor. In the contract, these elements must appear with their accurate names, exact amounts and exact colors.
– All rentals, such as vases, trellises and other accessories.
3) Substitution Policy: Your florist contract should specify the substitute you agreed upon in the case the first choice flower is unavailable. It’s important that your customers know that sometimes a specific flower can’t be guaranteed. Make sure the substituents match their style, their color scheme and their budget. And of course, it’s advisable to only use substitutes when you have to. Keeping a happy customer and a good reputation is priority.
4) Payments and Terms: You must state your terms on all the following:
– Deposit: State the deposit amount and its due date. Make sure to state that it is non-refundable and that it will be deducted from the total price of the event.
– Payment and fees: Which types of payments do you accept (cash, cheque, credit, debit) and which you do not. Make sure to clearly state if your fees include sales tax, delivery fees and setup fees. In the case of rentals, you must also specify any security deposits and possible fees for damaged goods.
– Balance: State the balance amount and its due date.
– Additional work: If your fees don’t cover everything, like taking the decor apart after the event or any last-minute changes, be sure to state it.
5) Cancellations and Reimbursements: Mention under which terms you might cancel the contract. Specify what should happen in the event that the customer doesn’t pay the balance in time or all together. Be sure to state that your vendor obligations will be canceled in such a case. State under which conditions you will agree to continue. How much extra will the customer have to pay and what would be the latest date possible for such a transaction. In case of reimbursement, specify which sums will be deduced.
6) Venue Policy Clause: Your contract must include this standard clause. Here’s what this means: Each venue has its own set of rules. Like what you’re allowed to place where and other do’s and don’ts that could affect your work. The Venue Policy Clause means your customer accepts, that you’re obligated by the “house rules”.
7) Limited Liability Clause: A crucial clause that will save you from going bankrupt in case you’re sued for “emotional distress”. This clause will also protect you for other real damages that you might cause. The Limited Liability clause caps the total amount of money that may be awarded to a customer. The standard is that the cap is the total amount that the client pays you. It could come to any amount in a lawsuit. So be sure to cap this amount b including this clause.
8) Exclusivity Clause: This is crucial for your business’s branding and reputation. You want to be the only florist at an event, because you do not want to seem responsible for someone else’s work. Flirty Fleurs has a succinct and solid exclusivity clause you can learn from.
9) Disputes: We sure hope you’ll never have to use this. But you must include it in your contract. Here you’ll state who will mediate or arbitrate any dispute. And where. You don’t want to be dragged to a courthouse halfway across the country to settle a dispute.
10) Force Majeure: Include this clause, because some things are out of our control (ex: hurricane, tornado, snow storm).
- Proposal first, contract second: Make sure you and your customers are on the same page using the proposal. It’s the best way to show your clients what their flowers will look like. This will ensure you have the same aesthetic and budget in mind.
Lori Tran, of Team Flower, wrote a great blog on how to create a floral plan. She even includes a template.
If you’re not sure what the difference is between a proposal and a contract, don’t sweat it. Visit this helpful article by The Knot. This article was written for couples preparing for their wedding. It gives you the advantage of seeing things from your customer’s perspective.
2. A personal note: Include a personal note in your contract. Let your customers feel that they are in great hands. Do it before they delve into the small print of your cancellation policy.
3. Get yourself insured: Your florist business contract covers anything that could go wrong between you and your customer. But other things could go wrong, from bad weather to theft. This article by Allstate clearly explains the types of insurance a florist should consider.
4. Get the rights to use images from the event: This is not a contract must. But getting your customers to agree to use images will help with your branding and marketing.