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First, you must realize that you’re dealing with a fungible product that can wither at the slight hint of stress. You must also take care of the flowers, tending and watering them to ensure they’re healthy. When it comes to contracts, there is not a way to get rid of the risk of a lawsuit with your client agreement. However, with a few certain provisions, you may ease the headaches and anxiety that can sometimes come with contending with difficult clients.

The following are three contract agreements that a floral designer or florist should consider:

1.Substitution policy

2.Venue policy clause

3.Limited liability

A limited liability provision is an agreement section that limits the sum that could be awarded to a client in case the client commences litigation against you. Usually, the limit comprises the total sum that a client would pay you, whether it be in the form of a full amount or retainer, but it may also be any amount.

Wedding Problems

When it comes to weddings, there are many independent components coming together in unison for a common purpose. When one component does not play its role, the client may be out of money and parts.

For example, you are late, causing an event schedule that’s off balance by an hour. The client must pay $4,000 extra to retain all vendors at the wedding event for an additional hour (ex. DJs, Videographers, Photographers)

Usually, plaintiffs in violation of an agreement cases are entitled to a specified amount of damages. Cases around the nation support the notion that since weddings are lifetime events, the clients may seek alternative recovery theories and collect greater damage awards from the vendors. This could include damages amounting to emotional distress. Therefore, a limited liability provision could prevent such a scenario through the proclamation that a deal is within arm’s length of the transaction, with no emotional attachments involved.

Substitution Policy

Depending on the time of year and how a distributor has treated items in transport, along with a host of other problems, the flowers may not be the same shade as intended. They may not have the same structural integrity from one set to another. Placing a client on notice that you may commence reasonable substitution based on common issues is important. A solidly worded substitute policy allows the client to know that nothing is surely guaranteed, but you must try to get the order as soon as possible. This will go a long way in stopping potential lawsuits.

For instance, this is not to say that you could substitute handfuls of flowers for 10 arrangements. Moreover, the policy must entail accommodations that are sufficient. Otherwise, you risk not having an agreement whatsoever.

Venue Policy

When it comes to a venue policy clause, this usually stresses that parties must adhere to the following:

1.Guidelines

2.Policies

3.Prohibitions established by a venue where the event will take place

It’s worth noting that venue rules top what the client wants. When it comes to recording the contract rules, you should record the following information:

1.Email address

2.Phone numbers of the wedding florist

3.Names

4.The arrival time intervals regarding floral establishment at the reception sites and ceremony

If such times are not available, you should note a clause guaranteeing that flowers will be created before guest arrival. This also includes where the flowers will be delivered and the time. If the location for getting ready is not established, include a clause guaranteeing that flowers will be delivered before a ceremony starts. A clause must also state that a florist would adhere to all details of recent flower proposals.

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