I Am In Desperate Need Of Someone's Help!!

Decorating By swor6394 Updated 23 Jun 2008 , 1:31pm by kr1970

swor6394 Posted 22 Jun 2008 , 11:08pm
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Hello everyone. I am not a cake decorator, but I don't know what to do. My fiances' aunt was going to make our wedding cakes but she called yesterday and said that she could no longer do them. She had overbooked and the other couple had already paid her. It wouldn't be a problem, but she lives in Illinois and we live in Alabama. The wedding is August 23rd and we have picked out the cakes we want, but now I have no one to do them. There are not many bakeries where I live (Wedowee, AL.) It's a small town and I know alot of people have hardly ever heard of it. I just don't know what to do! Can anyone help?? Thanks!

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-K8memphis Posted 22 Jun 2008 , 11:15pm
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Fyi--Wedowee is just a tad south of and right between Atlanta and Birmingham.

swor6394 Posted 22 Jun 2008 , 11:58pm
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I know that it is. It's just that she was going to do the wedding cake and the groom's cake for $500 to $600 since we are family. We are paying for everything ourselves and tight on money. The wedding is going to be in Ashland, AL. and we don't have thousands of dollars to spend on the making and transfer of cakes to the reception hall.

swor6394 Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:04am
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I know that it is. It's just that she was going to do the wedding cake and the groom's cake for $500 to $600 since we are family. We are paying for everything ourselves and tight on money. The wedding is going to be in Ashland, AL. and we don't have thousands of dollars to spend on the making and transfer of cakes to the reception hall.

gottabakenow Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:10am
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how many people are you expecting?

i hope it all works out!

fearlessbaker Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:12am
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Do you bake at all? If so, we can help you get through this. I decorated my own cake and it was the first time ever. There are many easy and elegant ways to do this.

gottabakenow Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:16am
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oh just had a thought. if you do bake, you can do cupcakes with a simple swirl of frosting on top- maybe with a fondant flower on top. simple and relatively cheap if you do it yourself.

swor6394 Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:21am
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We are expecting between 150-200 people. Unfortunately I do not bake..lol. That's best left up to the experts. I have a cake picked out that I actually found on here. It's just so hard trying to do everything myself. I've never planned a wedding before and even though I only have 2 months till I'm married, I'm still unsure of everything I have done so far. The cakes were the only thing I was sure about and now that has gone down the drain.

gottabakenow Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:23am
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could you give us the link to the cake? maybe it can be changed/scaled down a little to lower the price and someone on here near you can do it.

oooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

anyone near where she lives charge $2 a serving?

swor6394 Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:29am
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The link is http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1207277.html. The wedding is in black and red and the flowers are red gerberas.

gottabakenow Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:32am
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that's a beautiful cake. maybe start another thread asking if anyones near you. good luck!

johnson6ofus Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:35am
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Math is a bit off at $2.


150-200 people, apply indydebi's 60% rule= 90-120 servings.

So let's say 120 servings.

$500-$600 budget= $4-$5 per serving.

Melan Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:36am
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How far are you from Chattanooga?

swor6394 Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:39am
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Thanks for the suggestion! I am pretty far..about 6 hours at the least.

confectioneista Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:39am
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Have you tried doing a post to see if there's anyone near where you live (i.e. "Looking for cakedecorators in AL/GA...)? We're all pretty good about giving "bumps" on a post to help keep it on the homepage so it gets seen 'til someone comes forward to help!

swor6394 Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:43am
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I actually just did that..lol! Thanks for all yall's help! I have loved this website since I first signed on, and now I really know why.

Melan Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:44am
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ooh yeah, I just google mapped it icon_sad.gif way too far! I have delivered from Chattanooga to Atlanta, -and that was a bumpy ride!

Good luck!

debrab Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:45am
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It is not a fun thing when someone has to back out on your Wedding cake. Last month I had someone come to me because the person making their cake had backed out and it was only 1 week away! So atleast you have a few months. We had to scale their cake way back. The original cake had 350 fondant flowers and 150 fondant leaves. If I were closer, I would love to help you out, but unfortunately, I'm 2 states away in KY.

Good luck, I'm sure someone will come through for you!

Mac Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:57am
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My husband and I are vacationing in Orange Beach, AL Aug 17th - Aug 22nd. Is that very far from where you are???

swor6394 Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 1:08am
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Yea its pretty far. I just google earthed it and its exactly 6 hours and 25 minutes from me.

fearlessbaker Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 1:15am
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If there is a culinary school nearby that has a baking program you might try them. Perhaps there is an advanced student that would love to do this.

fearlessbaker Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 1:15am
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If there is a culinary school nearby that has a baking program you might try them. Perhaps there is an advanced student that would love to do this.

swor6394 Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 1:18am
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There is one in Birmingham, AL. There would just be the problem of transporting it to the reception hall.

swor6394 Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 1:21am
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There is one in Birmingham, AL. There would just be the problem of transporting it to the reception hall.

ashea Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 1:50am
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I think that maybe you should ask around and see if there is anyone that does this on the side. You might be surprised to see that someone may possibly do it for you, the cake doesn't look to complicated and it can be done in butter creme icing instead of fondant. You might be lucky or a friend might be able to tell you where you can go to get it done for the price you are asking. Good Luck I live in Buffalo so I can't help other than offer you advice. Florists usually know someone that they usually work with that could do cakes so that's an option to. Or the place you are getting your invitations from might know someone, they usually work together to get their names out there. Hope this helps you.

Mac Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 2:01am
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Oh well, I tried.

gottabakenow Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:54pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by johnson6ofus

Math is a bit off at $2.


150-200 people, apply indydebi's 60% rule= 90-120 servings.

So let's say 120 servings.

$500-$600 budget= $4-$5 per serving.




she said she's expecting 150-200 people, not invited that many, so i based it off of that.

i was wrong, though, about the price. 200 people with a $600 budget is $3/serving.

so fine- anyone near her charge $3 a serving? icon_rolleyes.gif

endymion Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 1:19pm
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You may have already done this, but you could try asking the people at the reception hall if they know anyone local who does wedding cakes.... Or bridal shops. A lot of times, folks "in the wedding business" can recommend providers of other wedding services.

kr1970 Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 1:31pm
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someone suggested that you find some one who does it one the side- if you belong to a church you might ask the secretary or even call some of the large churches around you- that 's how i've gotten business from the wedding coordinator giving out my name. Or send a mass email to everyone you know and ask them for someone and to pass it on. I'd do it for you but Dallas is too far. Best of luck and congrats on your marriage

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